Thermal binoculars from FLIR Systems debut at AUSA

WASHINGTON, 26 Oct. 2010. FLIR Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: FLIR) introduced new thermal binoculars during the 2010 AUSA Annual Convention in Washington. The Recon BN6 and Recon BN10 provide a binocular viewing experience as opposed to a bi-ocular one, providing more accurate depth of field capability, say FLIR officials.

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WASHINGTON, 26 Oct. 2010. FLIR Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: FLIR) introduced new thermal binoculars during the 2010 AUSA Annual Convention in Washington. The Recon BN6 and Recon BN10 provide a binocular viewing experience as opposed to a bi-ocular one, providing more accurate depth of field capability, say FLIR officials.

Two thermal cameras -- one for each eye -- are what make the new binoculars unique, says Angel Bennett, director of marketing for FLIR.

The device provides the same parallax effect achieved by the human visual system, allowing the viewer to experience a three-dimensional view, FLIR officials say. This technology enhances the ability to judge distances and relative distance of objects in the scene, making the Recon BN series a far more useful tool for reconnaissance, surveillance, and similar tasks.

"Largely due to cost reasons, a true thermal binocular has not been available until now," says Bill Sundermeier, president, FLIR Government Systems. "The concept is not new, but the expense of putting two thermal cameras in one product made the technology cost prohibitive. The widely available alternative has been a bi-ocular where both eyes view the same camera. This has worked reasonably well, except that you can't distinguish distance, prohibiting depth perception. With FLIR's vast production volumes and low costs, we are able to offer a true binocular for less than the price of a typical bi-ocular system."

Based on FLIR's uncooled thermal camera technology, the Recon BN6 and BN10 feature long battery life, light weight, and full immersion capability.

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