We’re still a few years away from getting some consumer-friendly LCD sunglasses, but wouldn’t you know it the military’s already rocking a pair. The Office of Naval Research TechSolutions department has delivered the first 30 sets of what it calls Fast-Tint Protective Eyewear (FTPE). They can change tint automatically based on exterior light, much like currently available prescription glasses, but thanks to their LCD construction can go from dark to clear in just a half-second. This means a SEAL squad could blow a door and infiltrate a room without having to ask the terrorists to hold their fire while everyone takes off their shades. Initial reports are good and SOCOM is planning on buying another 100 sets. Maybe by the time they’re delivered someone will release a picture of the things and we won’t have to use a stock photo like this one.
NAVY SEALs getting fancy LCD sunglasses, will surely show up as DLC in next SOCOM game originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.