Proceedings PaperBack From The Past: The Helmet Integrated System Of Albert Bacon Pratt (1916)
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Twenty-first century demands on Top Gun pilots are so great that the relatively narrow field-of-view (FOV) of Head-Up Displays (HUD), approximately 20° in a fixed direction, is far too limiting and confining for all the tactical infor ation 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 (HMD), and thence, Helmet Integrated Systems (HIS). This paper gives the highlights from the patent description of a HIS that dates back to World War I, and which is a forerunner of the concept of those being developed today.