DARPA Developing Scopes That Use Heat Haze to Achieve Super ResolutionYes, DARPA does have a reputation for coming up with some seriously far-fetched gadgets, but their Super-Resolution Vision System (SRVS) is not one of them. This project challenges designers to come up with an optics system that utilizes heat haze to see further and clearer than ever before. Basically, it takes advantage of an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs whereby images can be magnified for fleeting moments behind the haze. DARPA hopes that the SRVS technology "will provide 90% accurate facial recognition of a moving individual from 1 km away (.62 miles), using a 6 cm lens." That represents a 3-fold improvement over current technology under more favorable conditions. However, the technique does not currently operate in real time, so the goal for researchers is to achieve a refresh rate of one frame per second. A finished product should weigh in at no more than 4.4 pounds with a length of around 14-inches and be available to Special Ops units by 2011. For once, I actually believe that might happen. [SRVS via New Scientist]