...For once, I can finally direct a firm and flat "What." your way and not be opinionated. I'm not sure what OP's link actually directed to, but what the rest of the post is about is this: Link
It's basically the first step towards a proper Future Force Warrior HUD system that isn't logistically pants-on-head.
As for small lens types they would need a projector that projects the digital image into the lens, essentially direct to the eye, and it will have to be a low frequency type, lasers would be a no no :P
I remember reading about this UI augmentation after the first advertisment came out for Deus Ex: Human Revolutions. Also in 2010, the British MOD were talking about contact lenses that would allow the wear to effectively be able to zoom in on a specific location as well as the possibility of offering infra red technology. However, as good as plan as it is, I believe the MOD deemed the initial cost of such technology, as well as the price to create machinery to replicate it in mass quantities, was worth more than a soldier's life, sadly.
However, for those of you who are interested in the ideology of Human Augmentation to the extent of Deus Ex, there were several interviews with leading scientists in different fields of biological advancement that said the basics of technology shown in Deus Ex were in no way impossible, and that yes, the timeframe of twenty years could see such technology becoming available to the public. However, many of the scientists who were made to watch the Deus Ex trailer did agree that the potential of creating semi bio-mechanical limbs that could change their form to weaponry was against ideology, as the weight with current metals and alloys would end up being more than to carry a sidearm or rifle.
I don't have these links with me, but I have been extremely interested in the technological advancement when it comes to these sorts of things, whether it has been the UI for helmets or bio-mechanical engineering and augmentation.
Everyone has to remember though, that most of today's technology has actually been the dreams of fantasists in the early to mid 20th century. The modern mobile phone for example, was an idea first seen in Star Trek believe it or not, and finally, such technology has been created; as indeed are wris****ches that become twofold items as a way of communication. So yes, technology will eventually be able to conform to some of the ideas that we see in video games today, as ideas were taken from films of the last century. However, we must always recognise that there is a limit to such technology. Our society has only recently managed to come on leaps and bounds in technology, and it all started with the Industrial Revolution. But for each war, medical, as well as technological advancements will greatly advance as we search for both more useful, and unfortunately more deadly tools to do what comes naturally to us all.
Actually, I'll continue this post in some more detail for any interested at a later date, but thankfully for me now, I do have to be downtown for a date with a cute wee minx, and I'd hate for that to be cancelled because I decided to exercise my fingers, waffle and be a geek, so guys and gals, enjoy your Friday night, whether it be drinking, gaming, debauchery or frivolity
Toodles for now
Wow, totally forgot about this topic until it popped up again. Again, it's about increasing the FOV of the human eye and having the tech to actually project a HUD with a contact lenses and glasses combo rather than a visor + static monitor combo.
@Demoneyes45 - Well, I like to think the scientists who shoot down (har har har) the idea of gun arms just aren't thinking far enough ahead. I mean, science has disproved gravity (the specifics behind it, anyway) before, so I wouldn't count anything out!
That being said, I'd totally give up an eye (keep one of my own, just in case) to get some awesome NVG/IR eyeball replacement!
We need the edge all the time with all these fast moving Technologies, just to keep the the prospect of any ENEMY at arms length and that goe's for the civil application as well.
Well, with this I could see actual open holographic optics with digital zoom becoming the big thing, especially if it's not limited to one overlaying display. I mean, regardless this is supposed to increase your field of view at its core, so if anything giving it to shooters would just boost situational awareness while using sighting.