On the wings of Iron Man 3 success at the box office, two masks that give superhuman sight and hearing has been created by a group of students at the Royal College of Art in London
The first prototype covers the wearer's ears, mouth and nose and uses a directional microphone to give him the ability to hear an isolated sound in a noisy environment.
For example, you could target a person in a crowd and clearly hear his words without the surrounding noise.
The other prototype is worn over one's eyes. A camera captures video and sends it to a computer, which can apply a set of effects to it in real-time and send it back to the wearer. One can, for example, use it to see movement patterns, similar to the effects of long-exposure photography.
The team behind project Eidos — Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara — see many possible applications of this technology. For example, one could use the visual mask it to analyse movement and technique in sports. In another example, concert-goers could use the hearing mask to focus on a certain performer at a concert.
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