I was trolling around the internet, researching the POWs and looking for anything that might help me in The Quest, when I stumbled across these babies. They are made by company called Liquid Image, a purveyor of video capable goggles for a variety of applications, and I think they are just the thing for the clever superhero (super-villains rarely want a recording of their activities).
Here’s the product description from their website.
The Off-road goggle contains a 136 degree (full field of view) wide angle lens with Line of Sight™ video capture to record all the action while riding motocross, ATV, or downhill biking. The hands free unit has a 12.0 MP interpolated (4000 x 3000) camera mode and a video mode that records HD 1080P video (1920×1080) at a rate up to 30 frames per second with audio and an additional High Action mode that features HD 720P video (1280×720) at 60 frames per second. The Impact Series HD1080P can hold a Micro SD/SDHC Card up to 32 GB. Product includes a 4GB Micro SDHC card. With the use of a micro SD/SDHC card, the camera is capable of recording thousands of photos or hours of HD video. Files may be downloaded to a computer through the High Speed USB cable provided, or through a Micro SD/SDHC card.
Personally, I’d replace the current lens with something military grade for better eye protection… and possibly redesign the look to be less easily identifiable (don’t need someone figuring out where your gear comes from and tracking you backwards). The uses are varied.
You could snag video of troublesome villains, allowing you to analyze their moves and/or powers at a more convenient time. You could gather information, or even evidence, to put in the hands of local authorities if you’re a cooperative vigilante. Or with a little modification you could stream the video content live to/from your partners or side-kicks to keep a better track of your companions. If integrated with a Heads-Up-Display, night shot mode, and digital zoom, these Liquid Image goggles could act as an all-in-one piece of visual surveillance gadgetry. And would replicate one of this week’s powers: Telescopic Vision. It also replicates Photographic Memory in a limited fashion.
This particular model doesn’t seem to be available yet, but given the pricing of their other products, I can’t see it costing more than 200 dollars (U.S.). Not bad for such a useful device. Heck, I’d buy these right now if I could.
Note: the Powers IRL, or In Real Life, series of posts don’t have a set schedule, but will always revolve around interesting technological or scientific information that could substitute (or lead to) superpowers.