Scientists working on new contacts to give you night vision like the Predator

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Nov 9, 2015

Sure, we already have night vision technology thanks to bulky headsets, but some cutting-edge new tech could give us contacts that will turn us into mini-versions of the Predator. But, you know, still not an Unstoppable Killing Machine.

Researchers at MIT have published a paper in Nano Letters that focuses on a new graphene-based thermal sensor design. Long story short: This tech could eventually allow us to condense the technology required to detect and process thermal energy into something as thin as a pair of contact lenses.

Here’s how it works: As Gizmodo reports, graphene is an atom thin, and sensitive to light in the entire infrared spectrum, and the visible and ultraviolet light. The proposal calls for a layer of graphene with a silicon microelectromechanical system (MEMS). This could essentially do all the work of those complicated, bulky headsets. The research mirrors some previous work from a group at the University of Michigan that managed to create a prototype graphene-based contact lens capable of imaging IR at room temperature.

Though this is obviously awesome, the tech has several applications outside of turning us into mini-Predators, or using it for the military. These devices could go a long way toward helping firefighters on the job, and helping them navigate extremely dangerous situations on the fly.

How long do you think it’ll be until someone tries to Kickstart a pair of these bad boys?

(Via Gizmodo)