The Army’s new night vision goggle upgrades are cyberpunk as hell

Bron: MilitaryLeak

Last week, the U.S. Army unveiled POV footage taken from its new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B), and if we didn’t know better, we’d say these were promising shots from some (much-needed) patches to Cyberpunk 2077. Posted from the Lancer Brigade’s official Twitter account, the brief 45-second video showcases what looks like some pretty revolutionary optical changes to traditional notions of night vision tech. It’s detailed, it’s strangely pretty, it’s useful… and it’s unsettling as hell. Be sure to note the banger of a retrowave track playing in the background, too.

SAY GOODBYE TO GREEN — The most obvious changes are the overall hues within the new ENVG-B’s lenses. Most associate night vision goggles with varying green tints and reflective cat eyes, but the tech showcased by the Lancer Brigade’s video has gotten rid of that entirely. The move is intentional, according to a description from the Army, and is accomplished by image-generating electrons passing through white phosphorus tubing instead of the standard green tubes.

Additionally, the 2.5-lb goggles feature a “fused thermal imager for better target recognition in degraded visual environments” like dust, smoke, and darkness. Taken altogether, the ENVG-B is designed to achieve “man-sized target recognition” with 80 percent probability at 150 meters (with an objective of 300 meters), and a 50 percent probability at 300 meters with a maximum aim of 550 meters.