ODG formulates smartglasses for emergency landings in aviation industry

Smartglass manufacturer Osterhout Design Group (ODG) has formulated an all-in-one vision and oxygen solution in the form of a heads-up display (HUD) mask that uses the same AR technology from its smartglasses to help pilots in emergency landings in an unlikely situation where the cockpit is filled with smoke.

ODG has worked with FedEx Express to develop the easy-to-use and reusable prototype mask named SAVED (Smoke Assured Vision Enhanced Display) for their pilots. The smartglass maker aims to market its recognised technology which built the HUD oxygen mask to the manufacturers of civil and commercial aircraft and military organisations as well.

In an unlikely situation, where a pilot is not able to get a proper vision of the flight-control instruments, terrain or runways, SAVED HUD oxygen mask will come to the rescue. The mask rapidly offers emergency backup by establishing a connection between the plane’s HUD computer and cameras outside the craft and displays the image with ODG’s proprietary technology.

ODG CEO Ralph Osterhout said: “While in flight, clear vision is everything, and ODG’s award-winning headworn technology is able to create an aircraft display system that will be a lifesaving tool for FedEx and, ultimately, the entire aviation industry. SAVED is an excellent example of the power and potential for smartglasses to make real impact to our lives and continues ODG’s unparalleled pace of innovation in the space.”

The SAVED system will be on display at the International Air Transport Association’s Safety and Flight Ops show in Montreal, Canada from April 17 to 19, 2018.

In the meantime, ABI Research projected that the enterprise VR training market will generate $216 million in 2018 and increase to $6.3 billion in 2022.

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