In the Terminator films, Arnold Schwarzenegger's cybernetic villain-turned-protagonist not only had a physical edge over the average punk, he also had bionic vision, which provided enhanced sight and an appropriately '80s visual interface which helped him choose an appropriate response to any situation, such as cursing, requesting for illegal firearms, or telling someone that he'll be back.
DARPA, known for building the Internet for Al Gore, thinks that our soldiers can benefit from this kind of enhanced eyesight. They've recently unveiled the SCENICC, or Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras.
Thankfully for our men and women in uniform, it won't involve embedding a T-101 optical array under their eyes. SCENICC takes the form of a helmet mounted goggles which will provide the soldiers with 10x stereoscopic zoom and a full 360-degree viewing angle.
That's not all: future developments include augmented-reality displays that will immediately detect muzzle flashes, identify friend-or-foe, and mission overlays. So tomorrow's soldiers will wage war as if they're playing the latest Call of Duty? We'd sign up for that, even if our next mission involves going to the past to kill John Connor.