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Photo taken by an infrared camera equipped with a temperature-sensitive detector showing t...

The benefits of car night vision systems that enable drivers to see people or animals more clearly on dark, unlit roads have already started appearing in luxury cars. But these systems rely on near-infrared (NIR) radiation, which requires the cars to be fitted with infrared headlights to illuminate the road ahead. Falling into the “thermal imaging region”, Long-wavelength (LWIR) cameras require no such external light source but the sensors require constant cooling, adding to the cost and complexity of such devices. Researchers have now developed a new type of detector which functions at room temperature allowing it to be used in cars and other mobile applications.  Read More

The new 'microlens' (left) leverages the unique properties of nanoscale gold to 'squeeze' ...

Anyone who likes to get their gear off for a spot of naked sunbathing in the backyard may have to think twice in the future. Researchers have developed a new nanotechnology-based “microlens” that could lead to a new generation of ultra-powerful satellite cameras and night-vision devices. Thankfully, the new lens is used for infrared imaging, so the technology is more likely to be used for security and monitoring climate change and deforestation than spying on naturists boosting their vitamin D levels.  Read More

Research breakthrough promises night vision revolution

A team at University of Florida has developed a new thin film technology that can convert infrared light into visible light. In layman terms, we can stop eating carrots to improve our night vision because it might soon be applied cheaply to our eye glasses, car windshields, even our cell phones, and it could be here in a little as 18 months.  Read More

Mean machine ... the Izh 2012 concept motorbike, light on materials, heavy on safety

The makers of what has been described as the “world’s greatest weapon”, the Russian Kalashnikov machine gun, were also pretty handy at constructing motorbikes, selling around 11 million of them since their formation in 1927. For many years, this Soviet motorbike factory ran second only to Japan in production numbers. One of its most popular bikes was the 1929 Izh-1, and this is a 2012 take on the motorcycle by designer Igor Chak. The concept design comes with more safety features than 10 Volvos combined and is aimed at making riding on the highways and byways safer than walking.  Read More

The spy video TRAKR vehicle digitally transmits color video, audio and data to the remote ...

Parents take note! Sneaky brothers and sisters beware! Soon your every move can be captured by a new kids' toy from Wild Planet. The Spy Video TRAKR is billed as the first app-enabled, programmable remote-controlled vehicle that transmits color video, audio and data, and allows kids to create, download and share custom programs.  Read More

The AstroScope DSLR night vision adapter (shown on Canon EOS)

The AstroScope, from night vision manufacturer Electrophysics, is a modular adapter that adds night-vision capability to DSLR cameras and camcorders. Designed for use by the military, law enforcement, news agencies, and well-heeled enthusiasts, the AstroScope night vision adapter fits between the camera body and the lens to capture high-resolution images at night and in low-light situations that are otherwise too dark for standard digital cameras.  Read More

Gizcast 3: Kawasaki's night vision system for motorcycles, plus the TTX electric GP

In Gizmag's wrap of emerging technology news this week we examine Kawasaki's night vision system for motorcycles, talk to Mission One's Jeremy Cleland, pit the new iPhone 3G S against the Palm Pre and drool over NEC's mammoth $8000 curved display. Features Loz Blain.  Read More

Kawasaki set to debut night vision, helmet-mounted heads-up displays and collision avoidan...

KAWASAKI'S 1400 GTR is already one of the most technologically-advanced bikes on the planet – with variable valve timing, keyless ignition and tyre pressure sensors as standard – but the firm is preparing a whole new generation of ground breaking technology for the next-generation GTR. Heading up the technological onslaught comes a system that until now has been in the preserve of only the world's most expensive cars; night vision.  Read More

TAG HEUER Night Vision eyeglasses for safer driving

August 7, 2008 Driving at night is far more dangerous than driving in daylight according to the statistics. Though only 10% of road miles are driven in the dark, 48% of road fatalities occur at night. That’s primarily because at night our pupils dilate, and we become short-sighted, though glare, halos, and reduced peripheral vision all contribute to ocular tiredness. TAG Heuer has released a set of ophthalmic Night Vision glasses specifically designed to correct dark-induced myopia, reduce glare, contrast the dark blue surroundings without changing colour perception and ultimately offer safer driving after dark.  Read More

Zonet 7630 IP Camera - Wireless version

Zonet is releasing two Internet Protocol security cameras in November. The $220 7630 and $320 wireless 7630W both have built in web servers with individual IP addresses that can connect directly to a user’s network and be accessed from a standard web browser.February 15, 2008 Zonet has announced the upcoming release two new portable lP security cameras featuring motion detection and night-vision capabilities. The USD$220 7630 model and its USD$320 wireless counterpart (7630W) both have built in web servers with individual IP addresses that can connect directly to a user’s network and be accessed from a standard web browser.  Read More

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