Out of the darkness: Scientists make vision breakthrough

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) have developed new technology that allows people to see clearly in the dark, revolutionising night-vision.

The first-of-its-kind thin film is ultra-compact and one day could work on standard glasses.

The team also say the work of police and security guards – who regularly employ night vision – will be easier and safer, reducing chronic neck injuries from currently bulk night-vision devices.

"We have made the invisible visible," lead researcher Dr Rocio Camacho Morales said.

"Our technology is able to transform infrared light, normally invisible to the human eye, and turn this into images people can clearly see – even at distance.

"We've made a very thin film, consisting of nanometre-scale crystals, hundreds of times thinner than a human hair, that can be directly applied to glasses and acts as a filter, allowing you to see in the darkness of the night."

The technology is extremely lightweight, cheap and easy to mass produce, making them accessible to everyday users.

Currently, high-end infrared imaging tech requires cryogenic freezing to work and are costly to produce. This new tech works at room temperatures.

Read more about the discovery here.

How is your vision at night? Would you appreciate being able to see clearly in the dark?


Absolutely brilliant breakthrough ... just imagine that one day they may be able to apply it to glasses and we will be able to see in the dark.

Make windscreens with it and you wont need headlights eh.

Seriously this sounded like a great breakthrough by scientists in Australia, think of the great uses for these technologies.

Hearing the Dr Rocio Camacho Morales talking about it on ABC radio has made me all the more happy with Australian inventiveness. After working in the new technology area for years doing research and development at a university it makes my heart sing for new inventiond.


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