17 August 2009
The Night Vision
By: Alex Vochin, Gadgets Editor
Affordable Night Vision Goggles Going Mainstream
Although we're not quite sure how effective they are
Without a doubt, the appearance of night vision goggles has pretty much revolutionized the
idea of warfare, since it allows combatants to carry out missions even in complete darkness.
However, while initially, their use was restricted mostly to the military, things have seriously
changed over the past couple of years, more and more civilians being able to purchase
such products for smaller and smaller price points.
While these cheaper night vision goggles versions are a lot more affordable than, let's say,
the ones targeting specifically the military environment, they're interesting enough to be
worth a second look. And that's also the case with the particular model you'll read about as
follows, namely the Night Vision Goggles from IWantOneOfThose, which are affordable
enough for pretty much anyone, at the same time delivering a fairly OK level of efficiency,
according to the vendors.
Hence, apparently, these things are able to emit infra-red light allowing users to see up to
15 meters in absolute darkness. Of course, these settings can also be adjusted, in order to
allow for seeing in the dark within close-quarters, as for example within the boundaries of a
normal, everyday home.
The Night Vision Goggles "attach" to one's head via the included headband, but their rather
large size (20 x 19.5 x 15.5 cm) doesn't provide users with a lot of agility. After all, it's not
like you can easily run in the dark while wearing such a large device attached to your head,
not to mention carry out any combat-related movements.
The goggles require 5 x AA batteries in order to operate and can be purchased for just
around 100 pounds sterling (or roughly 165 US dollars), which makes them affordable for
pretty much any SEAL-wannabe out there (and, honestly speaking, quite dangerous, at
least from this particular point of view).
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