It is no secret that we have seen a surprisingly huge boom in night vision technology. After all, this is ultimately what won the war against Bin Laden all those years back. There isn’t a fraction of doubt in my mind that had night vision not existed, we would never have been able to locate this now infamous terrorist.
With such an exceptional piece of gear, it is no surprise that the United States of America have such strict policies regarding the export and use of night vision equipment in and around the states.
There are currently 4 different grades on night vision available on the market. Generation 1 obviously being the older technology and Generation 4 is the most recent. Generation 1 night vision is probably the most common, The reason – it is Cheap. While your average hunter and outdoor enthusiast aren’t exactly looking for complete military grade specs, they are looking for something that will enable them to see in the dark.
Generation 1 night vision tends to be quite grainy and low quality. Taking one step up to Generation 2 see quite a huge difference in clarity and capabilities.
Unfortunately for those of us who currently use night vision gear, we have to deal with the clunky ” World War two look) As it currently stands today, not much has changed in terms of the sizes and look of night vision gear. One has to sacrifice comfort for capability. Is this all about to change?
The discovery of Nanotech may just help us move away from this prehistoric looking kit to something that is far more capable and lightweight. Rumor has it that experts are tackling this new technology in the hopes of releasing night vision glasses that require little to no external power and that look like regular everyday glasses. Will this help our soldiers in feeling less disorientated? Will it help our soldiers in being less fatigued? Well, only time can answer those questions. We hope to see a massive change through all night vision gear including night vision binoculars and monoculars.
A team from the Australian National University has created aluminum gallium arsenide more commonly known as “nano-antennas”. These antennas are capable of picking up photons in the infrared range, combined with other photons which divides the wavelength in a process called second-harmonic generation.
“We managed to fabricate very teeny, tiny structures. Those magic structures are capable [of] changing the intensity of the light, change the shape of the light, and, at the same time, change the color of the light,” Mohsen Rahmani explained excitedly, in a video put out by ANU. “Our eyes are capable only of seeing light in the visible spectrum. If we can fabricate an area of nanostructures on flat surfaces like glass, at the end of the day we will be able to convert invisible light in the nighttime or dark areas into visible light.”
We sincerely hope that this will pave the way to more impressive Nano-tech and we are looking forward to seeing what this means for night vision gear.