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A Night Vision Aid As A Consumer Product
Author(s): James H Burbo
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Paper Abstract

Second Generation Night Vision Devices have received some consideration as comilmer cial products, but rarely as consumer goods, not from lack of potential applications, but because their high cost was inevitably considered to reduce the size of the potential market nearly to the vanishing point. Working with the Retinitis Pigmatosa Foundation, ITT has designed a Second Generation Intensifier Monocular as a medical prosthetic aid for persons suffering from retinal degenerations causing night blindness. The proposed use environment for such an instrullent posed an altogether different set of contraints on the design from those encountered in designing military instruments; some require ents of course are relaxed, but others, surprisingly are at least as stringent as those for military application, though often for different reasons. This paper describes the resulting instrument, showing the tradeoffs among cost, performance, human engineering, and environmental considerations, and indicating the rationale behind the design deci-sions made.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 1976
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0078, Low Light Level Devices for Science and Technolgy, (27 July 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954793
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James H Burbo, ITT Electro Optical Products Division (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0078:
Low Light Level Devices for Science and Technolgy
Charles Freeman, Editor(s)

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