Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Binoculars

Nikon introduce eco-friendly ecobins binoculars

Nikon has put a green spin on its latest binocular offering - the ecobins. The 10x25 glasses utilize lead and arsenic-free Eco-Glass™ lenses and prisms, non-chloride rubber, biodegradable materials for the case and strap and are made without the use of harmful inks or dyes according to the company's release.  Read More

LightSpeed Binoculars

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

Carl Zeiss Victory RF binoculars

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

Very intelligent electronic binoculars to use brain activity

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

PENTAX UA-1 digital camera adapter

December 18, 2007 A new compact digital camera adapter for spotting scopes is among the sports optics offerings from Pentax expected early in 2008. The sport line will also include two new binocular models designed for coping with the harshness of outdoor activity.  Read More

Ferrari Visio sports-binoculars

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

MAGPIX 3.1 Megapixel Digital Camera Binocular

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

The Bushnell Instant Replay

November 18, 2003 The Bushnell Instant Replay is a first of its kind, 3-in-1 device that incorporates an 8X magnification optical binocular, a 2.1 megapixel digital camera and a video-capturing unit that allows you to record and view action in a continuous 30-second video loop -so there's always an instant replay at the ready.  Read More

Pentax Digital Binoculars capture what you see

A fantastic solution for birdwatchers and sporting enthusiasts, the Pentax Digibino DB100 digital binoculars enable you to capture images as you view them without juggling two sets of equipment.  Read More

Stabilised Binoculars

Fujinon's new Techno-Stabi marine binoculars keep images steady when the user is in motion, thanks to stabilising prisms which deliver real-time response and use less power than high-speed gyro systems like its predecessor the Stabiscope...  Read More

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