The idea of having superhuman powers is one I’m sure many of you can relate to as being able to fly, superhuman strength and invisibility are some of the powers you’ll probably want to have. But a group of students at the Royal College of Art in London created a set of masks that offer as close as an experience to having superhuman powers as you’ll probably get in your lifetime.
The two masks that were developed cover certain portions of the wearer’s face, the first one being worn over the ears, mouth and nose, while the other is worn over the eyes. The first prototype uses a directional microphone that makes it possible to hear isolated sounds within an environment filled with ambient noise. The second mask uses a camera to capture video to then send it to a computer which can apply a number of effects in real-time, which the wearer can then view.
The team behind Eidos believe these masks could be used in real-world applications such as being able to analyze a person’s movements or technique in sports or having a concert-goer using the auditory mask to help listen to a certain performer in the middle of a loud concert.