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British Army trials futuristic glasses with a monitoring system to track soldiers’ eyes

Army 2021… or Joe 90? British Army trials futuristic glasses with a monitoring system to track soldiers’ eyes (and they’ll look familiar to fans of a certain 1960’s sci-fi puppet show)

  • The British Army seems to be taking inspiration from the 1960’s show Joe 90 
  • Exo Insight goggles have a virtual behaviour monitoring system and sees whether soldiers are fatigued, disorientated or stressed
  • Glasses are part of the Warfighting Experiment programme which aims to harness technology for complex future wars

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As a nine-year-old superspy, Joe 90 sported a pair of high-tech specs that transmitted expert knowledge into his mind – allowing him to escape from all sorts of peril.

Now the British Army seems to be taking inspiration from the 1960’s sci-fi puppet show, the brainchild of Thunderbirds creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

The Ministry of Defence is trialling glasses which have a virtual behaviour monitoring system that tracks soldiers’ eyes – and sees whether they are fatigued, disorientated or stressed.

The Exo Insight goggles, demonstrated in Salisbury, Wiltshire, are part of the Army Warfighting Experiment programme, which aims to harness technology for complex future wars.

A soldier demonstrating the Exo Insight glasses, an eye tracking virtual behaviour monitoring system that tracks soldiers eyes to see if they are fatigued, disorientated or stressed

No average Joe: Nine-year-old marionette spy Joe 90 from the 1960's sci-fi television series with the glasses that appear to have inspired the British Army today

No average Joe: Nine-year-old marionette spy Joe 90 from the 1960’s sci-fi television series with the glasses that appear to have inspired the British Army today

The Warfighting Experiment is a programme harnessing technology to prepare for complex future warfare. Pictured is a soldier showing the Exo Insight glasses in action in Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Warfighting Experiment is a programme harnessing technology to prepare for complex future warfare. Pictured is a soldier showing the Exo Insight glasses in action in Salisbury, Wiltshire

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