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    • #61992
      tango
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        Saw this T-Rex video and actually thought it was really interesting and informative. Got me thinking of some questions for JRH @lowdown3

        At this current time we are obviously not at a practical or competitive level by the measure of size, cost, function, or product availability (AFAIK). Question is, how long until we get there? Products on the horizon?

        We’ve probably all seen this video, but how long before this is not only commercially available, but commercially affordable?

        I’m not going to put off buying an analog system in waiting for a digital system, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on for future upgrade with some of the clear (I mean, color) benefits of digital.

      • #61993
        Robert
        Participant

          Be a while. The digital stuff that’s out now is just at or near “toy” status compared to real night vision IMO.

          The price breakthrough is with the Photonis White Phosphor tubes in my opinion.

        • #61994
          Anonymous
          Inactive

            I remember this was announced for the SHOT Show a while back. Don’t know what the pricing is on it so I’m guessing not affordable beyond LEO and military use yet.

            At SHOT: ColorTAC CVA-14 Clips On To Any PVS-14 And Lets You See Color at Night

            The thought of color night vision makes me drool.

          • #61995
            veritas556
            Participant

              The future is clearly in CMOS (chip) and that future may be a lot closer than people think. Sionix now has their Aurora unit for pre-order. It’s close to a PVS-14 form factor, lighter too, full color, and they currently have “thousands of rounds” testing recoil on an AR platform. It’s a J-arm away right now from throwing onto a helmet mount. Oh yeah, it’s $800.

              Now, there has been a history of products making claims that got out front of the technology. Sionix may be one of those too for all I know. But it looks very promising.

              I don’t think we’re far from this: transparent OLED filmed goggles (think Revision) with 180 degree vision, using 2-3 CMOS sensors 2 VOx (IR) sensors, powered by plug-in LI battery. You’ll have NV and IR in one platform/screen. All of the input tech not only exists – it’s in even smaller form factor in the latest iPhone versions. The display tech is already in consumer VR goggles. Under $3k. In the meantime… yeah the WP is a great deal for the next 2-3 years… if we all make it that long. LOL

            • #61996
              Robert
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                A “fusion” digital set was talked about and blown up before SHOT last year. Everyone loved the idea of it cause the price point was really cheap.

                Three separate trips over 2 days to their booth and I never saw the thing work correctly. The final time they have the NV working- wasn’t impressive at all- and the thermal overlay was a large tan square in the center. That was the closest I saw to seeing that actually work.

                I get the premise of the video and yes one day their will be a decent breakthrough, we just aren’t there yet.

              • #61997
                veritas556
                Participant

                  @Robert – not surprising. It’s really a software problem at this point – getting the various hardware inputs to display together in a useable way. Solving that will probably require a big company with major resources to tackle and a market (MIL) big enough to make it worthwhile.

                • #61998
                  Abacus
                  Participant

                    @Robert – not surprising. It’s really a software problem at this point – getting the various hardware inputs to display together in a useable way. Solving that will probably require a big company with major resources to tackle and a market (MIL) big enough to make it worthwhile.

                    Sensor fusion is more difficult than it sounds when they pitch it in meetings. It is, if any of the defense industry rags are to be believed, the future of warfighter SA though.

                  • #61999
                    tango
                    Participant

                      Good show of capabilities of the Sionyx Aurora. Hope this company does well and they keep developing. It needs ruggedizing, improvements in resolution, and proper mounts.

                      He calls it a “tactical gopro” which seems accurate for where it is right now.

                    • #62000
                      tango
                      Participant

                        Another good look at the Sionyx with direct comparison to current PVS14 units.

                        It’s not ready for us, yet, but if the company keeps up the future could be promising.

                      • #62001
                        Robert
                        Participant

                          I’m hoping the guys that had the digital “fusion” set at SHOT last year have worked the bugs out and we get a chance to look at that more this year. Last year it didn’t work…..

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