Discovery Channel reports …
Adapting technology found in flat screen television sets, scientists have created a thin film that converts infrared light into visible light. The technology could give cell phones, eyeglasses and car windshields cheap, lightweight night vision.
This would be a game changer. Current generation thermal imaging and image intensifier systems are big and bulky.
If this technology becomes cheap enough for cell phone and car windscreens, it will change the way wars are fought. Few countries can afford to equip their troops with night vision gear. Fewer still are approved for export by the State Department. I have no doubt that the Taliban would to get their hands on night vision gear.
[ Many thanks to Mik for emailing me the link. ]