Soldiers already have plenty of nighttime tech to help them navigate battlefields, but goggles can be clunky and obtrusive, and backlit GPS displays can betray a lurking warfighter’s position. A new haptic interface developed by Army researchers will help soldiers feel their way through the darkness instead.
1. L.R.I. Photon Fusion Headlamp/Flashlight A first of its kind, this lamp uses six white LEDs to create an even, full-spectrum beam to minimize shadows. Even with this much power, it lasts far longer than other headlamps, using batteries down to 0.8 volts (effectively dead). You can wear it or carry it as a flashlight. Price: $82. www.photonlight.com