The Pentagon unveiled last week the Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras effort or SCENICC for short. This 'overly long named' device will allow soldiers to see in a kilometer 3-D sphere with stereoscopic/binocular vision (10x zoom), night-vision... and many other tricks all without turning your head or blinking an eye. This hands-free head mounted unit literally gives the soldier 'Terminator-vision' that would make Geordi La Forge envious... pretty cool!
The imaging wouldn't just be limited to what any individual soldier sees. SCENICC envisions a "networked optical sensing capability" that fuses images taken from nodes worn by "collections of soldiers and/or unmanned vehicles." The Warrior-Alpha drone overhead? Its full-motion video and still images would be sent into your eyepiece. It also has to be ridiculously lightweight, weighing less than 700 grams for the entire system - including a battery powerful enough to "exceed 24 hours [usage] under normal conditions." That's about a pound and a half, maximum. The Army's experimental ensemble of wearable gadgets weighs about eight pounds. And it is to SCENICC what your Roomba is to the T-1000.