Honeywell unveils 360-degree screen that military drivers can wear

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WASHINGTON — Defense company Honeywell on Monday unveiled a new head-mounted display that it says will provide a 360-degree view around military vehicles and allow drivers to see better in hazardous conditions that reduce visibility.

The Honeywell 360 display, shown at the Association of the American Army’s annual convention in Washington, uses a series of exterior cameras mounted on a vehicle such as a Humvee, along with sensors, to give the driver a high resolution image of what is happening around the vehicle.

This will reduce the need for drivers to check stationary screens or other in-vehicle instruments, and allow them to focus more on driving, Honeywell said. An image released by Honeywell shows a service member wearing the display mounted on his helmet, with small translucent screens in front of his eyes.

Honeywell said it plans to continue developing this technology and hopes to create a version that pilots can use on an aircraft as essentially a wearable heads-up display.

“The advanced situational awareness provided by the Honeywell 360 display helps enable the battlefield of the future, providing operators and pilots with real-time data to improve their reaction time and to make timely and well-timed decisions. informed when needed,” Ricky Freeman, Honeywell Aerospace’s president of defense and space, said in a statement. “This focus on innovation and user experience reflects our commitment to modernizing defense capabilities and improving the safety of the men and women who use this equipment.”

The system can pull information about factors such as terrain, traffic and weather from multiple databases and include it in the drivers’ stereoscopic mixed-reality display, Honeywell said.

Honeywell said it tested this display while driving over rough terrain and that it was designed to be lightweight and comfortable to use for long periods of time. The company also said its tests have shown it doesn’t cause nausea, which can sometimes occur in users of head-mounted displays.

Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at Military.com. He traveled to the Middle East to cover US Air Force operations.

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