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Army helmets could soon feature bone conduction comms

Army helmets could soon featur...
The BAE tech will allow soldiers to wear ear protection while still being able to hear radio communications
The BAE tech will allow soldiers to wear ear protection while still being able to hear radio communications
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The BAE tech will allow soldiers to wear ear protection while still being able to hear radio communications
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The BAE tech will allow soldiers to wear ear protection while still being able to hear radio communications

BAE Systems is in theprocess of developing bone conduction technology for use by soldierson the battlefield. The helmet-based system will leverage the samebasic technology as that found in commercial bone amplifyingheadphones, and should have the effect of allowing soldiers to hearcomms over the loudest battlefield noises.

With bone conductiontechnology, sound waves are converted into vibrations that passthrough the user's cranial bones, bypassing the eardrum altogether andtransmitting directly to the cochlea – that's the sensory organ that isresponsible for translating sound into nerve impulses for the brainto interpret.

The military-gradesystem will build on commercially-developed technology, integrating with a combat helmet in such a way as to place the comms unit justabove the ear. BAE states that the prototype is no bigger than a fivepence coin.

"We recognize thaton the battlefield, auditory situational awareness is essential forarmed forces personnel" states principal scientist Mohammed Akhmad. "With this system, the soldiers cansafeguard their hearing with ear protectors whilst still clearlyreceiving military voice communications, to enable them to performtheir roles efficiently and safely."

A prototype ofthe system is set to be displayed at the Defence and SecurityEquipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London later this year.

Source: BAE Systems

2 comments
Deres
Nothing new under the sun. French soldier are already equipped with such a system since 2010 (FELIN system). And german tankers already had it during WWII ...
michael_dowling
No,the Germans had throat mikes that picked up speech from direct contact with the larynx.