Cellphones Could Be Night Vision Devices

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 10 (UPI) — A U.S. engineering researcher says he’s developed a new application for cellphones that would allow them to be used as night vision devices.

University of Florida engineering Professor Franky So said his nickel-sized imaging device uses organic light-emitting diode technology, similar to that found in cellular phone or laptop screen technology. But unlike night vision goggles, which are heavy and expensive, he said his device is paper-thin, light and inexpensive — making it a possible add-on for cellphone cameras and even eyeglasses, once it is enlarged.

“Really, this is a very inexpensive device,” said So. “Incorporating it into a cell phone might not be a big deal.”

So said other applications could include night vision technology for car windshields, or even for standard eyeglasses to use at night.

The study that included postdoctoral researcher Do Young Kim appeared in a recent issue of the journal Advanced Materials.

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