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‘Tactile helmet’ lets firefighters work in smoke-filled buildings

Ross Cronkrite | Science Recorder | March 30, 2013

‘Tactile helmet’ lets firefighters work in smoke-filled buildings

Researchers hope to make a lightweight version of the technology to assist the visually impaired.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have developed a specially-adapted “tactile helmet” that could give firefighters working in smoke-filled buildings important information about their environment.

A team of researchers at the Sheffield Centre for Robotics outfitted the tactile helmet with several ultrasound sensors that are utilized to calculate the distances between the helmet and walls or other obstacles the firefighter may encounter.

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