Information they need, when they need it

GPS data superimposed on see-through night-vision image.You may be interested in a full write-up I recently did for Electronic Engineering Times on the see-through night-vision goggles that I posted on last year. The article talks not only about the benefits of the approach right now, but the potential the new goggles have to become an increasingly powerful information platform in the future.

There are actually two pieces. One by me, and another a wishlist written by O’Gara Group Chief Technology officer Bill Parker about the kind of components he’d like to see in order to build the next generation systems. (Bill is an amazing guy… he started off his career as an undergraduate at MIT by re-inventing the plasma ball, which led to it becoming a product). Anyway, I hope you enjoy them.

Photo: GPS data superimposed on see-through night-vision image. Photocredit: O’Gara Group.

Escaping from the microscope

The nanohole array scans the sample as it moves through the system.New ‘lab-on-a-chip’ systems, usually a few centimetres on a side or less, are currently in use or development for all kinds of chemical and biological applications: from testing water for pathogens to genetic sequencing. A liquid sample injected (or pulled) into the chip travels through micro-channels etched into glass, plastic, or silicon. These lead the sample through the chip to testing sites, with progress controlled by tiny, integrated, electronic or mechanical devices. Read More …