New All-Optical Approach Revolutionizes Night Vision Tech

by | Jun 4, 2024 | PetaPixel

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Cross-posted from [by Lisa Marie Segarra]

New research could completely change how people use night vision technology.

The development comes from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS), and it could lead to a new approach toward night vision altogether by “creating an infrared filter that is thinner than a piece of cling wrap.” At this size, the night vision technology could even sit atop eyewear, the TMOS release points out, “allowing the user to view the infrared and visible light spectrum at the same time.”

This would mean severely cutting down on the size and weight currently available. In doing so, the use cases open drastically as well. As TMOS noted, night vision tech is primarily used by the military and both hunting enthusiasts and photographers willing to lug around the onerous gear. According to researchers, the new methods could mean the same tech now weighs less than a gram.

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