History of head-up display

Remember how the story of clocks evolved? At first, they were quite massive, and would only fit in a city tower or the spacious living room of the wealthy. After that, it was possible to take a watch with you to sea, and after the invention of miniature mechanisms, it was often possible to see it on the chain of a coat jacket of not the most wealthy city dweller. After some more time, the wristwatch became an inexpensive everyday attribute of almost every person, men and women, as well as children. 

What does a person need a wristwatch for when he is surrounded by electronic devices, where this option is always present? Yes, today a wristwatch is already a fashion accessory or a luxury item. Because, the main problem, this rapid determination of the current time, has long been solved in different ways.

For a long time I’ve been wondering: not when, but why did head-up displays appear? Why didn’t they quickly become such a mass phenomenon, especially in the age of smartphones?

Actually, it’s not hard to find the answer. There are activities where everything happens very quickly and more situational awareness is required to be effective. Well, of course, these are combat aviation and helicopter pilots. People who concentrate as much as possible during combat at high speeds under conditions of continuous movement in three-dimensional space.

Here, correctly, time and information cost lives. The pilot must monitor movement, position vulnerabilities relative to the direction of fire, quickly determine reaction and response strategies, coordinate with other air and ground unit members, and have duplicate channels of communication in case of malfunction. Finally, quickly identify the enemy, its vulnerabilities, and execute accurate targeting.

Yes, everything makes sense. But why only military aviation and helicopter pilots? This question is answered by the level of development of technology and the capabilities of electronic components. Just 5-7 years ago, such equipment, like watches, was massive and very expensive, as well as power-consuming. Only a stationary installation on board military equipment worth several tens of millions of dollars was economically justified. Later, fairly massive integrated helmets for pilots began to appear. However, they still required a wired connection to the stationary module under the pilot’s seat.

Now electronic products have become more accessible and have allowed us to assemble circuits in a housing that can be located on the head of a person, without causing inconvenience, having a small weight and dimensions, including high-capacity batteries. And here the question already arises: can new technologies meet the need for situational awareness and super capabilities that are inaccessible to human vision and other senses?

We tell you affirmatively, a personalized kit that improves situational awareness, super vision, communication, interaction, and quick access to necessary information is now available to every soldier, every policeman, every firefighter, every physician. Every professional who is not sitting behind an office desk and has to perform complex, responsible actions in an organized and more efficient manner. Who has to have his hands free. Who can’ t be distracted by an external screen for even a second. The professional who can’t get enough of the features on a smartphone or tablet. The professional who can’t put their gadget on charge during their lunch break. The professional who is confident that electronic components will work after shocks, bumps, rain and sandstorms. Will also work well during desert heat, heat from raging fire flames, or during cold and high winds in a gorge.

A kit that will allow the use of more parallel channels for communication instead of one, and the use of digitally encrypted transmission of symbolic and graphical data, inaccessible to the adversary. Communications not only in the form of audio and character messages, but also in the form of digital tasks, comments on them and other types of systematically ordered data with distributed access rights.

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