Operating under the motto “Superpowers that save lives,” a company called Qwake Technologies has harnessed AR to give firefighters clear vision in the smokiest of environments.
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By combining thermal imaging cameras with over-the-eye displays, and getting everything to integrate with a firefighter’s full face mask, they allow the wearer to see crucial details–the contours of a room, the outlines of people–that simply cannot be seen by the naked eye in the midst of a raging fire.
Here’s a demo of their technology, which they expect to begin rolling out in the next 18 months. (We’ve moved the start time of the video up to the relevant point.)