Based on a recent proposal by DARPA, US Troops may soon be armed with long range, 360 degree vision that will provide them a high resolution 10X zoom of objects in a 3 dimensional space. The Pentagon’s research wing has released a solicitation for Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras (SCENICC) and also wants it to be capable of sending battle critical information such as object recognition, projectile tracking and other threat warnings to a soldier through this eyepiece.
DARPA also envisions the SCENICC to have a computer-enhanced vision and an integrated weapon sighting feature that will lock a soldier’s gun on his target once tracked. And this hands-free device, packed with all the futuristic features, should weigh less than 2 pounds.
The full solicitation can be read here