Night Vision Goggles


Well this is my first non-robot post to the blog. Tho you can consider it as a robotic project if you think that it is a device replacing a couple of human light sensor with an electronically augmented version. The goggles are mostly made of scrap material. It includes an IR sensitive small security camera, a couple of video glasses and some high-power infrared led. The rest of the goggles are from parts extracted from other broken electronic devices, including the box (which used to be the back cover of my old printer).
The working principle is simple, it uses IR lighting, which can’t be seen by naked eye, but can be seen with an IR sensitive camera. The camera projects the image to the video glasses and the result is being able to see even in complete darkness.
I’ve seen a couple of try on this subject on web, people made night vision scopes by using broken camera modules. Tho they were only providing image for a single eye, while this version is providing the image to the both eyes. Construction may be a little more expensive, but it is definitely worth it.



The purple light coming out from the leds is not visible to naked eye.

  1. #1 by paul on December 5, 2010 - 4:19 am

    Hey,
    I’m working on making in pair of these. I was wondering if you could share some info on some of the materials you used and other details involved with the circuitry, casing, etc

    Thanks

  2. #2 by Erdem on May 1, 2011 - 10:01 am

    bu projeyi yapmanızdaki amaç nedir?

  3. #3 by Tolga on May 1, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    Karanlikta gorebilmek?

  4. #4 by Tolga on May 1, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    Hi Paul.
    At the moment I don’t have any time to make any detailed instruction. But there are instructions of building a night vision device with broken camera components. This is working with the same principles, but I have used a pair of video goggles instead.
    Check this tutorial out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Nightvision-Headset-Hack/
    Basically, you connect an IR sensitive security camera to the goggles and prepare a matrix of IR leds to produce the light, which will be seen by the camera.
    Parts:
    -Any type video glasses. You should get a model with A/V input. The larger the virtual screen size, the better.
    -This camera is cheap and suitable: http://cgi.ebay.com/6-IR-Leds-Mini-Color-spy-Camera-audio-US-SELLER-/270720566620?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0834055c
    -You need some high power infrared led, which can be bought from any local electronics store. And you should drive them appropriately, either from the battery of the glasses, or a separate source (which is more logical).

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