British Scientists Developing“Tactile Helmet”

British Scientists Developing“Tactile Helmet”

A new research by some British scientists has led to an idea of "tactile helmet". It is expected to carry sensory input to aid firefighters in challenging conditions and receive hints from surroundings.

University of Sheffield has been the place where these researchers have been working. They have been found saying that the helmet consists of ultrasound sensors used to detect the distances between the helmet and nearby walls or other obstacles. They also help in disseminating signals to vibration pads attached to the inside of the helmet, touching the wearer's forehead.

A research says that the firefighters working in dark conditions or in buildings stuffed with smoke can make use of the helmet. It would help them in strange environments. Scientists have said that the principle behind the helmet is tactile sensing in rodents, whose whiskers provide early signs of dangers.

Speaking on the matter, Tony Prescott of the university's Center for Robotics has said, "When a firefighter is responding to an emergency situation he will be using his eyes and ears to make sense of his environment, trying to make out objects in a smoke filled room, for example, or straining to hear sounds from people who might need rescuing".

As it is difficult for firefighters to respond in unfamiliar areas, it gets all the more significant to develop the helmet with precision.


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