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    LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

    LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs € The Register

    The US Office of Naval Research says it designed the new Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear (FTPE) lenses to the requirements of the famous yet reclusive US Navy SEAL frogman-commandos. In common with other Western troops nowadays, the SEALs are encouraged more and more to wear protective eyewear in combat - potentially saving their sight from damage by flying fragments, grit, stones, blast etc.

    As with the other troops, the SEALs have been issued a range of different-coloured interchangeable lenses for different light conditions. But this is too fiddly for situations such as assaulting buildings where operators will move swiftly from blazing outdoor sunlight to dark or dim interiors. SEALs on such an operation tend to simply take their sunglasses off as they go through the door - just before the guns and grenades start going off and the air fills with flying bits and pieces.

    A possible solution might be so-called "photochromic" lenses (phototropic would seem more like the right word), well known under brand names such as Reactolite. But these take too long to change tint, and also they actually react to ultraviolet rather than visible light - which means that they won't necessarily darken in response to heavy sunlight through a window (as the UV doesn't penetrate the glass). Nor is there any way to manually select a particular tint or colour.
    Hence the FTPE lenses, which are effectively basic liquid-crystal display screens. They can turn amber, blue, grey or clear when a small electric charge is applied - either by a miniature light-sensing automatic unit, or at the touch of a button.
    Readers will of course have noted that the FTPE/E-Tint lenses could be controlled by various other types of sensor or device than simple light-meters or manual buttons. It would seem entirely possible to produce a version which responded to bio-telemetry from the wearer, for instance, allowing the specs to become opaque in the event of any nervousness: or still more sophisticated kit might detect actual threats and adjust lens tint accordingly.
    Thus a near-analogue of the famous Joo Janta Peril Sensitive Sunglasses worn by Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy saga would seem at last to be within our grasp.


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    Re: LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

    Just one more reason to fear the SEALS. Those guys are badass and the slightest edge will make them even more lethal.


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    Re: LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

    Quote Originally Posted by mac4cy View Post
    Just one more reason to fear the SEALS. Those guys are badass and the slightest edge will make them even more lethal.
    Speaking of SEALS, my former manager is a retired SEAL and he lead a team in Afghanistan and Iraq. He said his team was on the ground in Iraq for several weeks before the operation began. They were dressed as locals, with robes, beards, make up for those that were light complected, etc. That is how all of those targets get painted when the ***** starts.

    He said, that he would walk around town with enough firepower underneath his robe to hold off 50 Iraqi soldiers.

    Those guys are bad*ss



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    Re: LCD pushbutton sunglasses issued to US Navy SEALs

    My brother in law was a SF Marine. He said that he'd keep one eye closed when encountering bright lights in the dark, so that one eye would always have good night vision.



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