An Augmented Reality headset for commercial pilots may help prevent future airport accidents. The NASA developed headsets are specially made for preventing airline accidents from airport overcrowding or poor weather, such as fog. The headset will project computer generated real time images on an eye piece through which the pilot looks. The glass allows the pilot to observe the real world and the images displayed simultaneously.
Through the Augmented Reality headset, pilots could for instance see displays that resemble actual runways, tower, other planes etc as their plane prepares for landing in fog. When the plane touches down, the commercial pilots will further leverage the Augmented Reality headset display to see an actual representation of the center-line and interconnecting runways, as well as the taxi pathway to take. By providing commercial pilots with better vision during critical times such as landing, takeoff or taxing, the technology will considerably reduce airport accidents.
Designed to fit over the head, the Augmented Reality headset features a single eyepiece and interprets which direction a pilot is looking by way of gyroscopes and sensors capable of reading pieces of paper on cabin walls for positioning and responding accordingly. The Augmented Reality headset also includes voice recognition technology that allows pilots to communicate directly with the system. The NASA system is an improvement on existing Augmented Reality headsets for pilots that are not tied to the real world. The headsets will allow pilots to focus on where the plane is going, rather than have to turn and study maps and electronic devices. Separately, Qualcomm recently launched a new SDK that greatly improves augmented reality technology.