New smart goggles to let pilots see through fog

London: In some good news for pilots who often face adverse weather conditions such as fog, torrential rain and dust storms, new smart goggles have been developed that can help them in smooth landing and take off.

The goggles known as Skylens have been created by an Israeli company and can provide pilots of small business jets or helicopters with a better view of their surroundings.

The goggles are fed video by multi-spectral cameras embedded in the plane’s nose, providing clear, wrap-around images of the terrain, ‘New Scientist’ reported.

Skylens also displays information such as altitude, speed and an artificial horizon to help the pilot keep the aircraft level.

A depth-sensing camera on the instrument panel tracks head motion.

The headset works with an aircraft’s other on-board systems to monitor the positions of nearby aircraft from their radar signals.

“We have had 150 pilots try it out in rain, snow, haze and dust on five types of aircraft. They really like it,” said Dror Yahav of Elbit Systems, the makers of Skylens.

The goggles are expected to hit the market in 2016, the report said.

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