It looks like a regular helmet for pilots. But put it on, and no matter which direction your head turns you will be able to read vital information found on cockpit dials or head-up displays. The Crew System Department of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (Patuxent River, MD) is working on the design for the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) Technologies Program. Electronics and optics in HMD will put more in the pilot's line of sight than such information as air speed, attitude, and weapons status. The new helmet, expected to be ready in five years, will enable pilots to lock onto a target simply by turning the head--instead of the plane--toward the target.
The landscape of product development is changing. Electronic components and the devices that use them are shrinking, while power and functionality are rising. As a result, heat management is now in the forefront of the design process.
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
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