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US Army Goggles Turn Night Vision Into Video Game-Like Experience

The helmet-mounted device provides more clarity, making targets easier to spot through clouds of smoke and in low-visibility weather.

American infantry marines have been training with futuristic night vision goggles that transform the familiar blurry green visuals into a video game-like experience.

The new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars (ENVG-B), developed by Elbit Systems of America and L3Harris Technologies, aim to improve capabilities and marksmanship, day or night.

Traditionally, night vision goggles use a green phosphor, which can cause eyestrain and fatigue.

 This helmet-mounted device has swapped standard green tubes for white to clearly show people and objects outlined in a glowing light, which officers say creates more contrast and greater clarity at night.

The new image is easier on the eyes and gives more clarity, making targets easier to spot through clouds of smoke and in low-visibility weather.

A video of the goggles in action has been posted online by the military combat squad – the Lancer Brigade. 

The Marine Corps began testing the ENVG-Bs in 2019 and currently has 195 pairs.

The goggles are also loaded with thermal imaging and augmented reality capabilities, introducing technology found in smartphones and gaming.

The device is also designed as a set of binoculars, rather than the traditional monocular vision, which improves depth perception.

Cover image: Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars (ENVG-B) used by the US 2-17 Field Artillery (Picture: Twitter / Lancer Brigade).