Night vision tech comes to consumers

Night vision tech comes to consumers

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By Rich Pell

Inserting a smartphone into BlazeSpark.

While BlazeSpark is designed as an add-on module into which users can clamp their smartphone to enable it with night vision capability, BlazeTorch directly derived from military offerings, designed as high-sensitivity night goggles with built-in flip up/down near-eye displays. BlazeTorch supports HD video and audio recording from IR-lit night scenes (thanks to a sub-lux night sensor).

The two products are competitively priced and being marketed through eMagin’s dedicated website The BlazeSpark will retail under $300 while the head-mount BlazeTorch will retail for under $1,000, supporting hands-free operation during night-time activities with the capability to record and upload content.

The company aims its products at sports enthusiasts, though it certainly hopes BlazeTorch will boost its OLED microdisplay business by also attracting law enforcement, first responders, utility companies and others working at night.

To make it more consumer-friendly, the two products allow for videos to be uploaded to the company’s website as well as shared with others on social media sites.

“We have established the supply chain and built inventory for the initial launch. We anticipate ramping up production for expanded distribution during the first quarter of 2017. We expect a modest contribution to revenues in 2016 and look for a more meaningful contribution in 2017 as volumes increase,” said Andrew G. Sculley, President and CEO of eMagin in a company statement.

“We believe that these products will form the basis of an important new revenue stream for the company outside of our traditional markets. We are excited by opportunities to further leverage our leading microdisplay technology to expand our consumer offerings beyond this initial product launch,” he added.

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