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The human eye is quite remarkable, capable of distinguishing seven million colors of varying hues, saturations, and brightness.[1] However, there’s a major drawback to our vision – it diminishes greatly with decreased illumination. In comparison, cats have six to eight times more rod cell receptors, allowing them to see well even in low light situations.[2] Snakes, interestingly, rely on infrared thermal sensing that effectively gives them the ability to “see” in the dark via body heat. But this type of capability only allows them to view a target in general, rather than make out fine details and resolution.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be experienced at night, so what can we do to see in the dark?

Thermal IR (infrared) technology is available to help humans pierce the darkness, but this technology only captures temperature differences, much like a snake. In order to truly experience events at night, we need the ability to see the way a cat does. This calls for NIR (near infrared) products, which for the first time ever have been made available for consumers by the creatives at Blaze.

Our products utilize NIR, which delivers the resolution consumers and industrial partners need to see fine details clearly in the dark. “The technology (IR sensor) behind our products was specifically designed to provide high resolution images in extremely low/no light conditions,” explains Dan Cui of eMagin. “While we didn’t develop it, we’re the first to bring it to the consumer market.”

Night vision used to be the sole domain of the military, or something out of a spy novel. Not anymore. The BlazeTorch optical system gives anyone the ability to see and shoot HD video at night, all without the “greenish” hue of classic night vision goggles. Or upgrade your mobile device to shoot in the dark with the BlazeSpark sub-lux night sensor. Right now, the Sony a7s ii is the camera of distinction for shooting in low light situations. But a new one will set you back over $2000, and that doesn’t even include the lens. Current mobile devices can shoot breathtaking images and video during the day; simply strap on an affordable BlazeSpark night vision sensor to give them the ability to capture high quality media in the dark.

NIR delivers better resolution than infrared products, and gives users the ability to see “Earth Bloom,” a naturally occurring phenomenon where the earth radiates IR light. By leveraging this technology, we’ve created cost-effective devices that allow people to see clearly in the dark, and give smartphone cameras the ability to function in low light. Users can take part in the “after dark” community, and capture nighttime events like never before.

To learn more about the first platform for consumer night vision ever developed, visit tonight!