New Headset to Merge Night Vision, Thermal Imaging

The U.S. subsidiary of British defense giant BAE Systems Plc is developing a new headset that merges night vision and thermal imaging.
Soldiers typically wear night-vision goggles to see their surroundings in the dark, but use thermal sights mounted on their rifles to engage targets. The company announced in a release Monday that soon soldier will be able to use one device for both tasks. According to the release, the technology relies on a wireless video interface to transfer imagery from the sight to the goggle. The smart-rifle scope includes a Linux-powered computer with sensors that collect imagery and ballistic data such as atmospheric conditions, cant, inclination, even the slight shift of the Earth’s rotation known as the Coriolis effect.



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