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Back From The Past: The Helmet Integrated System Of Albert Bacon Pratt (1916)
Author(s): Gerald F. Marshall
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Paper Abstract

Twenty-first century demands on "Top Gun" pilots are so great that the relative narrow field of view of head-up displays (HUDs), approximately 20° in a fixed direction, is far too limiting and confining for all the tactical information that is needed to be displayed for them to make split-second decisions based on sound judgement. This inadequacy has led, in part, to the development of helmet-mounted displays (HMDs), and thence to helmet integrated systems (HISs). This paper gives highlights from the patent description of a HIS that dates back to World War I and that is a forerunner of the concept of those being developed today.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 28(11) 281247 doi: 10.1117/12.7977127
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 28, Issue 11
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Gerald F. Marshall, Kaiser Electronics (United States)

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