The Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) is the newest night vision device the U.S. Army has released. The renowned “Predator” franchise inspired these high-tech goggles since the Predator uses a similar optical technology in its mask to see in full darkness and mark possible targets using colored outlines. The ENVG-B, on the other hand, uses a single, all-encompassing filter and largely relies on heat signatures to pinpoint the location of possible targets. Over 1,500 ENVG-B goggles have been sent to the 10th Mountain Division after the U.S. Army made orders for them worth over $107 million.
A soldier’s situational awareness is greatly improved with the ENVG-B, which also enables them to see beyond the smoke, fog, and low-light conditions. The quick target acquisition capabilities of the eyewear also enable soldiers to shoot from cover without having to thrust their heads out. The ENVG-Bs deliver the most sophisticated night fighting system the military has ever used. They can distinguish between allies and foes and utilize thermal imaging, augmented reality, and night vision.
Similar technology goggles are becoming available in other nations as the U.S. Army equips soldiers with its cutting-edge night vision equipment. The 2022 Zhuhai Air Show will feature a thermal fusion night vision technology from China that can outline nearby persons. Consumer-grade thermal infrared imaging is produced by businesses like Teledyne FLIR and InfiRay for a range of uses, from smartphone integration to security cameras. Infrared technologies are finding their way into consumer-level vehicle safety features as thermal night vision applications continue to proliferate in consumer electronics.
The ENVG-Bs may not be intended for civilian usage, but other products nonetheless give consumers access to some of its capabilities. For instance, the FLIR system enables users to distinguish between obstacles and live things in complete darkness. Although these technologies might not be as advanced as ENVG-Bs, they nevertheless offer a variety of functionalities and can help civilians recognize and avoid hazards in locations with poor visibility.
The vision augmentation shown in the “Predator” films is brought to life by the amazing technology found in the ENVG-B goggles. The U.S. Army’s purchase of these goggles is evidence of both their efficacy and the technology’s promise in practical applications. People will be able to see in the dark and escape potential risks as thermal night vision technology develops and enters more and more commercial applications.