Kids today have it really good when it comes to sweet toys and gadgets. Back in my day, if we wanted to see in the dark we had to open our eyes really wide or go old school and get a flashlight. Today kids can get their own inexpensive night vision goggles.
Let's be blunt, you'd have to be a brave person (or entirely lacking in self-awareness) to wear these out in public. Yet after reviewing the Myvu Crystal 701 video glasses, Gear Diary's Dan Cohen seems surprisingly impressed. Promising the effect of a 4:3 aspect display viewed from 2m at 640 x 480 VGA resolution, the 701 glasses hook up to standard AV connections or, in Dan's case, your iPod to stop you from squinting at the relatively tiny screen.
These DIY batgoggles may have a well-intentioned purpose - to teach the principles of echo-location to kids visiting a science center - but they also could make midnight paintballing a whole lot more interesting (and/or painful). Bleeping angrily whenever an object or person is in front of you, they're part of Suneth S. Attygalle's "Dynamic User-centered Research and Design" project. Echo-location relies on bouncing high-pitched sounds off of objects in your path, measuring the time it takes for the sounds to return (or the frequency they return at) to calculate how close the object is.
Check out the video of the batgoggles in action after the cut
So these underwater goggles have a digital camera built in. When they release in January at CES, you’ll have your choice of 3.1 or 5 megapixels.
I've always thought that video glasses were pretty cheesy, and these new iPod video goggles are no exception.
For some great late night espionage and ambushing this Halloween season, the Discovery store has got the gear for you. Their Night Vision Goggles with Dart Launcher is equipped with a green night vision lens, dart launcher, and 2 bright LED lights to blind your victim before shooting them. So don't just wear any old costume this Halloween, get one that can really throw in some action. I suppose you can always pair this with a Green Goblin outfit. Available for $19.95.
Night Vision Goggles with Dart Launcher [Via: Coolest Gadgets]
Consumers wearables like Google Glass may still be trying to find their feet, but industrial head-mounted displays look to be gaining momentum with word that "the other Motorola" has splashed its cash on Recon Instruments. The deal, for an undisclosed sum, sees Motorola Solutions help fund future head-up displays, durable headsets, and other hands-free tech that could find an obvious niche in the workplace.
According to a study by IDC, in the year 2018 the wearable technology market will see about 111.9 million units being used the globe. This is a huge number predicted, considering we are still in a nascent stage and its only 2014. Perhaps our anticipation of the big public Google Glass sale is getting the better of us. Many potential Glass users have the $1500 stashed aside and the calendar cleared for the upcoming Tuesday, but the question still remains… where are we going with wearable technology?
Google Glass may still only be in pre-consumer phase, but Recon Instruments has found time to launch the fourth generation of its own head-up display system, the Snow2 sports wearable. Fitting into existing goggles from brands like Oakley, Scott, and Alpina, the Recon Snow2 triples the performance of its predecessor thanks to a new 1GHz dualcore Cortex A9 processor, while battery life increases by more than a third. Borrowing the same display as the Jet, Snow2 delivers extreme-sports information like speed, jump airtime, and navigation.