It's got GPS, Blue Force tracking, comm and air conditioning. Plus bullets bounce off. What's not to like. But that's a lot of stuff in a helmet that could go wrong if it proves to be too much of a good thing.
Looks really fucking stupid for what you're supposedly getting out of this -
GPS? Yeah I have that shit on my wrist
BFT? Why? I still have to report SITREPS every 5 seconds to the AOB... plus we carry other mandatory shit that reports the same thing
(when it works)
Comm? I'm not changing the PACE to accommodate this crap - plus its probably going to connect to a radio seeing as there's no antenna coming out of it... (PS: It is funny that people believe future wars against near-peer adversaries will carry a robust communications window)
Air Conditioning? Yeah, because I just stuck my head into an insulated helmet - I'm glad my face is cooled off while the rest of my body is completely roasted or needs thawing.
My Quick Observations:
-Try looking down towards your chest pouch to pull out a T-Card or whatever the fuck (nope)
-Try packing a lip (nope)
-Try noticing shit in your peripheral vision (nope)
-Cheek weld? Reflective Lenses in the eye sockets? Going down as a casualty? Dive insertion? Etc.. Etc.. Etc...
Nope to all bro.
Fuck ALL OF THIS. People try too hard to turn the military into Robocop. I can see a much better use out of a google-glass style tool that simply acts as an aide and reacts to what you're looking at (within reason). Holographic (poke-mon go style) technology has a lot of military applications (fires, field-aides, tactical reporting, etc..)
So I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but Fred Galvin (who is apparently doing a podcast/youtube show on Health, Leadership, and Overcoming Adversity nowadays!) has a pretty lengthy interview with the designer.
I've poked around a little on this helmet, which I find intriguing in concept, and it does seem that the designer, Wesley Shibata, started out with this as an airsoft product. He's got a couple of videos with it at some mammoth airsoft complex in Japan. From there, he started going after the LE market, and is now trying to court SOF.
It's never going to change. They'll make them smaller but then the pointy heads want more bandwidth, so the big target comes back. It's been a vicious cycle that's been going on since the beginning of wireless communication.