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Old 05-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tactical Hud Project

Saw this over at reddit and I thought it was pretty interesting. Someone is building a HUD display integrated into a Vforce Profiler mask. The HUD unit is designed for Alpine Ski goggles. While I don't see me personally ever using one of these I think the idea is pretty cool.

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To one day step onto a paintball field and be fully comm connected with teammates, unit leadership, referee's , game scoring and other systems via an integrated digital mask.

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To complete this vision the T-HUD project will research, modify and integrate commercial off the shelf (COTS) products. T-HUD will also advocate across multiple industries to promote this project and advocate for commercial assistance.

Phase 1 - Integrated Mask: Integrate available communications technology into a lightweight mask to include a HUD, radio communications and a camera. On board software will include the ability to:

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Provide tactical orders on that map
Upload paintball field wire-frame diagrams
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Connect to Blue Tooth enabled markers and hoppers
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Provide power management for up to 6 hours of game play
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty neat. If he ends up marketing it, I'd love to own something like this.
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i could stand some shiny tech like that, lol
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Thanks for the posts! The hardware is complete, now we're working on the Android App. What kind of features would you be looking for?
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Thanks for the posts! The hardware is complete, now we're working on the Android App. What kind of features would you be looking for?
Kill count, ammo counter, team locator, proximity alert, nvg, heat, infrared, combat command uplink, Stryker interface.

In no particular order. Lol. For real nice work. I like where it's going.
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id like to see a link to a small gun mounted camera with IR. maybe also night vision from the mask camera projected in the mask for night games, just ideas though.

i would also like to see something like a range finder, would help for some long shots, lol.
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ha! I thought about doing that a few months back, even emailed the manufacturer of the HUD to suggest paintball as a possible secondary market. Basically got a... "we're focusing on alpine sports, and not broadening our reach" as an answer. I just wish I had the motivation to learn to program to help out.
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Kill count, ammo counter, team locator, proximity alert, nvg, heat, infrared, combat command uplink, Stryker interface.

In no particular order. Lol. For real nice work. I like where it's going.

So long as you can deal with it being a paired set between the gun and a see-through mask insert... Eh, Ive said too much already.
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So long as you can deal with it being a paired set between the gun and a see-through mask insert... Eh, Ive said too much already.
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How would the mask track kill count? Said differently, how would a hit from a regular paintball generate a "kill" digital/count on the HUD? How would it differentiate between a bunker hit vs a player hit?
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