Israel’s New ‘Sci-Fi’ Fighter Jet Helmet
Elbit unveils Canary, an advanced system embedded in helmet tracking the pilot’s status, and ready to auto-pilot the craft when needed.
Movie fans have looked in awe at silver screen technological wonders, such as Iron Man’s A.I. companion Jarvis who often kicks in to save the superhero in a pinch – now a leading Israeli defense company has taken the technology from the realm fantasy and applied it to the real world in a system that can save lives.
Elbit Systems has launched Canary, an integrated physiological monitoring device for fighter jet pilots which is embedded in their very helmets, and can warn them in advance to take action before they lose consciousness.
It can even taken control of the plane for them in a pinch, speeding the unconscious and prone pilot out of danger.
The device gives real-time alerts for in-flight life threatening situations, and in extreme cases such as oxygen shortage known as hypoxia or loss of consciousness, it gives a warning to the pilot either as an audio-visual alert on the pilot’s Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) or on the aircraft’s mission computer using the HMD interfaces.
Thanks to the alert, the pilot will have time to react before losing consciousness and take steps to avoid the danger.
If the pilot does lose consciousness and become unable to fly, the system automatically engages the auto-pilot, thereby saving the aircraft and the pilot.
Developed with sensor technology of the Israeli start-up LifeBEAM and supported by the Israeli Defense Ministry, the new system will be integrated into Elbit’s helmets and HMD systems, and does not even require any pilot interaction to do its job.
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