Get some “Sense”
“Sense” is a low cost, retrofitting device designed to introduce tactile feedback into firefighting performances.
As uniform layers increase, senses decrease – this is a major problem, particularly if one is expected to navigate their way around a dark, smoke filled room. This concept fuses existing technology with current firefighting gear in order to heighten natural instinct, and essentially, amplify the senses.
An Ultrasonic proximity sensor is mounted behind the front plate of the firefighting helmet. This is then linked to vibration pads, located inside the helmet. If the user encounters an obstacle, the sensor will detect it, and trigger the vibration pads. These tactile warnings will intensify if the obstacle gets closer, thus improving navigation.