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Headset Allows Firefighters To See Beyond Smoke

Headset Allows Firefighters To See Beyond Smoke
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Golden-i is a head-mounted computer that contains a camera, GPS, micro-display, speech recognition, and gesture control.

Emma Hutchings
  • 15 january 2013

The Golden-i headset looks similar to Google Glass but is meant to help firefighters and other first responders assess emergency situations. The device contains a camera, GPS, micro-display, speech recognition, and gesture control.

Verizon partnered with Kopin to develop technology that could lead to faster response, better performance, and increased safety. Golden-i is a wireless, lightweight, head-mounted computer that revolutionizes the way users interact with their virtually-enhanced surroundings. Voice and head gesture sensor controls enable hands-free access to a full computing experience.

Headset Allows Firefighters To See Beyond Smoke

With live video and infrared capabilities, firefighters can use heat profiles to find survivors or distressed team members faster while staying better connected to their support staff. Tactical commanders can monitor firefighters’ biometrics, such as heart rate and oxygen levels, and responders can view digital building schematics for faster recognition of exits and egress points. Firefighters can see maps and floor plans on the high-resolution display, and use Golden-i’s location-aware features to find their way around dark and/or smoky environments.

CNET notes that the headset also allows users to capture images or video, and the noise-cancelling microphone works with built-in speech recognition to enable them to control the software or speak with other members of their team. You can check out the video below:

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