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— Spy Gear

LightSpeed binoculars transmit sound and video

By - December 22, 2008 1 Picture
December 22, 2008 Torrey Pines Logic has designed an optical system that allows people to speak to the person they’re looking at. The LightSpeed uses infrared LEDs to transmit the wearer’s voice via a secure optical beam to another LightSpeed model. The data channel used by the binoculars can accommodate Ethernet, video streaming and multi-channel audio data, and the devices transmit data at 1Mpbs, at distances exceeding 5km. Read More
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ZEISS Victory binoculars integrate laser rangefinder

By - September 29, 2008 1 Picture
Carl Zeiss has incorporated a laser rangefinder into its new Victory RF binoculars, providing hunters, hikers and birdwatchers with an all-in-one viewing solution in a compact form factor. The Victory 8x45 T RF and Victory 10x45 T RF binoculars feature a world first design that incorporates a folding bridge without separate transmission optics and boast fast rangefinding capabilities that can determine the distance from an object up to 200 meters (300 yards) away in less than one second with an accuracy down to one meter. Read More
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Very intelligent electronic binoculars to use brain activity

By - June 21, 2008 1 Picture
One of the most interesting defense projects we’ve ever seen, is DARPA’s Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System program (CT2WS) - an academic and industrial consortium led by Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded the first phase of an advanced research contract to develop a panoramic day/night optical system that will use human brain activity to detect, analyze and alert foot-soldiers to possible threats. The first phase will result in a preliminary design for the Human-aided Optical Recognition/Notification of Elusive Threats (HORNET) system. HORNET will utilize a helmet equipped with electro-encephalogram electrodes placed on the scalp to monitor brain activity. The operator's neural responses to potential threats will train the system's algorithms, which will continue to be refined over time so that the warfighter is always presented with items of relevance to his mission (let’s hope it is easier to train than a spam filter). Read More
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Ferrari Visio sports-binoculars

By - June 28, 2007 6 Pictures
June 29, 2007 They may have been around for almost 400 years, but rarely have binoculars looked quite this slick. Developed via a recently announced licensing agreement between Ferrari and William Optics, the Ferrari Visio 8x25 binoculars borrow more from the F1 racing team than the famous Prancing Horse logo - they include a real carbon fiber plate which, as well as looking the part, adds to their lightweight construction. Read More
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MAGPIX 3.1 Megapixel Digital Camera Binocular

By - November 12, 2004 5 Pictures
November 13, 2004 MAGPIX has announced its third generation digital camera binocular, the MAGPIX SX3, which offers 3.1 CMOS megapixel quality combined with 10X optical zoom and fast shutter speed to deliver long-range digital image capture with pics large enough for high-quality printing. At US$149, the SX3 is designed to be compact, durable and easy to operate in a range of outdoor activities, from sporting events and sightseeing to wildlife and nature viewing. Read More

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