High-tech uniform allows soldiers to ‘see’ through the eyes of othersPublished On: Fri, Sep 9th, 2011 | Hi-Tech Innovation | By BioNews
Scientists have unveiled a groundbreaking high-tech military system, which allows every soldier in a unit to see through the eyes of another.
The new technology, which features communication antennas woven into the fabric of military uniforms, means video from a helmet-mounted camera, voice commands and GPS data can all be transmitted at once.
The system is designed to improve the awareness of a military team as a whole, allowing soldiers to see through the eyes of their teammates in real time.
The way the antennas work mean there is no need for soldiers to carry conventional radio whip-antennas, which can be cumbersome and conspicuous.
BAE Systems, which has developed the series of Body Wearable Antennas (BWA), says it allows effective communication while helping improve agility.
“A concept demonstrator has been developed to showcase the capability of this technology which transmits voice, video data and GPS location via the same antenna,” the Daily Mail quoted a spokesman of BAE as saying.
“If one soldier spots a situation, they can alert the team and share what they can see through their helmet mounted camera.
“The demonstration system links with a wrist-mounted commercially available touch screen smart phone and utilises its sensors to provide an augmented operational picture.
“This allows the team to tag objects, such as potential hazards which will appear highlighted on the phones video image,” the spokesman added.