How to tell whether you've been hit, or just wet the dark

Tenebraex Corp. develops color capable night vision.


Blood may be thicker than water, but unfortunately they're both the same color if you're wearing night vision goggles.

The world of night vision has come a long way since the clunky, Vietnam-era starlight scopes, but it's still a monochromatic green. Tenebraex Corp. aims to fix that with a night vision filter that tricks your brain into seeing objects in different colors, The Boston Globe reported.

The ColorPath (Color Capable Night Vision Device) is mechanical, not computer based, which makes it more temperature resistant, light weight and power frugal, according to the manufacturer.

The ability to see in color after dark would allow a soldier to tell the difference between green grass and brown mud, orange smoke and green, or whether that's a white UN jeep or a bad guy's tan technical, according to Tenebraex.

It could also help medics tell the difference between red blood and wet water under "battlefield obscurant conditions"; a selling point Tenebraex hopes will get it in the front door of military procurement.

Note to Cheaters: call Tenebraex. We're tired of watching fat, green people gettin' it on.

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