AI helmet designed to give firefighters ‘superpowers’

(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers at the Edinburgh National Robotarium have developed an artificial intelligence helmet that will help firefighters navigate smoky environments and rescue victims faster.

According to a press release published by Heriot-Watt University in Scotland last week, the team created the device using sensors, thermal imaging cameras and radar technology.

“We want firefighters to have the superhero ability to see through smoke, see in the dark and find effective search and rescue solutions,” University of Edinburgh scientist Chris Xiaoxuan Lu told Euronews.

“This will definitely increase the safety of firefighters . We have already talked about the search for victims.

We are also talking about navigation along with all sensor units,” he added.

These tools are designed to make it easier for firefighters to move around in a smoky area, map the area and rescue those in need.

The research team developed and tested a prototype of this technology in collaboration with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“Our current equipment can sometimes be limited in terms of search.

Throw in any heat, dark smoke – having thermal imaging capability helps us a lot in locating a person,” said watch commander Glen Macaffer.

“We can scan a room much better. It can take five to ten seconds compared to a couple of minutes without this technology.”

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The device, which the team says weighs just over a kilogram and is made from inexpensive parts, can easily be attached to a regular firefighter’s helmet.

“At this point, we have all the proof of concept. It is also necessary to find those who will be willing to cooperate with us so that this technology can really enter the market and benefit firefighters all over the world,” Lu said.


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