Night vision goggles are clearly not comparable to the wearable technology developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, according tomedia CNET. The ambitious device aims to help the wearer “disguise” with thermal sensor detection. Although current thermal camouflage technology works by matching the emission heat to a predetermined ambient temperature, the new prototype uses waxy materials that can be changed from liquid to solid to accommodate changing ambient temperatures.
Data released Monday by the University of California, San Diego, shows that the technology can adapt to changes in outside temperatures in just a few minutes, while keeping the wearer’s interior comfortable.
The next challenge for researchers is to scale up the technology. Their goal is to make a jacket with built-in technology, but as things stand, the garment will weigh more than 4 pounds and last only an hour. The team is working on lighter, thinner materials to reduce the weight of clothes by half.