American defense giant Lockheed Martin is reportedly working on an advanced headset featuring diopter optical power lenses that can detect snipers as well as soldiers and other humans behind concrete and non-concrete structures. The headset, if successfully pioneered, will only be used for military purpose and will not be accessible to the public at large.

A patent filed by the company and recently published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office reveals the new Fresnel Lenses system in a headset that will include an image display system to be used as a communicator or small screen television. The optical device bordering between augmented reality, VR and a binocular viewer will be primarily used for sniper detection. Subsidiary functions may include military training and operations as well.

To detect objects, in this case humans, behind concrete or opaque structures, the most popular technology used is thermal sensors. The vision technology will be clubbed with heat sensors in this case to detect humans behind structures.

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