The lines between fantasy and reality are becoming ever more blurred with the army's latest helmet design, which appears to have been inspired by a similar type of headgear used in the Halo video game franchise. U.S. Army researchers have developed new ways for soldiers’ helmets to provide better protection and comfort and have even introduced head-up displays and night vision goggles.
Four years was spent developing the gear to better integrate protective materials, liners and heads-up display technologies and communications. A face shield shield has also been introduced because of the high number of facial injuries in recent wars caused by roadside bombs.
‘Because of face injuries from rocks, glass and fragments from improvised explosive devices, there has been a call for increased protection’ said Don Lee, who leads the project at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, in Massachusetts.