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 engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
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