DARPA, the Pentagon’s research branch has unveiled the Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras effort (SCENICC). This technology features a suite of cameras that digitally capture a kilometer-wide, 360-degree sphere, representing the image in 3D onto a wearable eyepiece. This means that you’ll be able to see around you, behind you, and zoom in 10x easily. All this can be done hands-free, so you’ll keep your hands free to do more important things, such as holding guns or something. The pictures you see aren’t limited to what is around you, as they envision a networked optical sensing capability, fusing images taken from nodes worn by collections of soldiers and/or unmanned vehicles. Sounds freaky, and the good news is that it’s designed to be lightweight, weighing in less than 700 grams for the entire system, inclusive of the battery that is good enough to last over 24 hours.

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