The United State Navy has developed the Divers Augmented Vision Display, which is a high-resolution, heads-up display installed directly into a diver’s helmet. The system will allow the diver to access sonar, text messages, diagrams, and photographs. Significantly, the display will allow for augmented reality videos; technology that allows images and video to be superimposed in real time (think the “monocle” mode in your Yelp app).
This technology will assist divers in recovery and salvage operations by offering real-time positional awareness. The Naval Sea Systems Command is also working on development of enhanced video systems that will increase diver sight in near zero visibility situations. Like so many other advancements before, it is only a matter of time before these technologies make their way into commercial diving operations.