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Night Vision Goggles for Kids

Updated on November 27, 2014

Spy Net "Stealth Binoculars" - A Toy, But They Really Work!

Night vision goggles for kids - how cool is that? Night vision goggles for a toy price - but they really do let you see in the dark? Even more cool. Or you can ramp up those backyard secret spy mission with Ultra night video-recording capabilities for only a couple bucks more. Just imagine!

Real working IR-technology night vision spy gear by Jakks Pacific can't be beat to keep your preteen kids busy at grandma's house or the cottage, on a camping trip or sleepover, or just on those long dark summer nights just made for backyard games of flashlight tag and secret agent spy missions...

If only Dad will stop "testing" the night vision goggles and let the kids have a turn!

Night Vision Infrared Goggles - A Spy Toy That Really Works

See in the dark!

Spy Net's infrared night vision binoculars use real IR night vision technology to help you see things up to 50 feet away in total darkness. Handheld, so you can quickly whip it up in front of your eyes to check out suspicious movement in the bushes. You're not going to get much in the way of depth perception, so don't count on playing darts in the dark, but you'll sure be able to see if that scary rustling noise is the neighbour's cat or an enemy agent spy!

Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars

This model takes 5 AA batteries. The good news? You can use rechargeable batteries in it, and users say the battery life is longer than you might think, if the kids remember to turn the googles off after use.

 
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Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars: top view
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars: top view
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars: front view
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars: front view
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars:  side view
Spy Net Night Vision Infrared Stealth Binoculars: side view
Spy Net Recording Night Vision Goggles: top view
Spy Net Recording Night Vision Goggles: top view
Spy Net Recording Night Vision Goggles: front view
Spy Net Recording Night Vision Goggles: front view

Spy Net Infrared Recording Goggles - See in the dark AND record video of what you're watching!

But wait, there's more! Here's another version of night vision goggles with a really cool feature -

Spy Net spy-errific Ultra goggles include a camera with recording capability instead of just display. If you ask me, adult supervision is definitely recommended here - no telling what some little sneak might see in the night, grab a photo or capture on video, and post on Facebook for his friends to laugh at... Just sayin'.

Spy Net Eye Clops Ultra Vision Goggles
Spy Net Eye Clops Ultra Vision Goggles

The recording goggles can save up to 20 minutes of video or 2000 photographs, and plugs into your Mac or PC with the included USB cable for saving off the visual records of those all-important spy missions. Or, possibly, video proof that it is your neighbour's dog who has been digging in your garbage at night. 4 AA batteries are required.

 

Watch the Night Vision Goggles in Action

How well will you and your kids really be able to see without the lights on? Watch! Here's a test video posted on YouTube by Night Vision Recording Goggles owner akronohio. It's actually his second test video, because he forgot to record sound and hadn't got the focus sorted out for his first test video, but then, what can we expect from a mere grown-up? :-)

screenshot from Jakks Pacific Interactive/SpyNet HQ television commercial
screenshot from Jakks Pacific Interactive/SpyNet HQ television commercial

How does Night Vision work?

What's the tech behind the toy, anyway?

Spy Net Night Vision spy toys shine an infrared light (invisible to the human eye) on your surroundings, and the image is grabbed by a camera in the goggles and displayed on a screen inside. It's the same Gen-1 infrared (IR) technology used in night vision devices by the military and real-life spies in the Cold War years, only now it's affordable enough to be used for kids' toys!

Here's my seriously-low-tech explanation of (roughly) how night vision devices work:

Here on Earth, it's never completely dark - not unless you've locked yourself in a closet. Even on a moonless night we'd call "pitch dark," there's starlight and reflected light and ambiant light from all the human-made sources. Also, objects give off energy in the infrared spectrum of light that's not visible to the unaided human eye. So, the dark night is not so dark after all - and night vision technology helps us to use that light to see.

Night vision instruments are designed to collect all those tiny bits of available light and amplify it through the night vision equipment so our eyes, effectively, have enough light to see in the dark - to a certain extent. That's called image enhancement technology, for those taking notes - it enhances the visible light that's available for our eyes. The other technology used in night vision equipment is called thermal imaging, which takes advantage of the infrared light that's not visible to human eyes. Basically, thermal imaging technology "sees" the heat emitted by objects and translates that energy into an image. Night vision goggles can use one or the other or both.

About now, the real scientists are falling about laughing at my explanation - but hey, I'm just more about the toys...

If you really want to learn about how this technology works, and the real science behind it, there are some terrific resources for both adults and kids. For example, Chris Woodford has written an article for ExplainThatStuff.com that explains properly - and very clearly - how night vision goggles work. Check out the educational Ask the Astronomer video below, then take the Night Vision Quiz from HowStuffWorks! to test your knowledge of night vision technology!

It's Science / Fun! - Learn more about infrared light (IR) and night vision technology

In the Ask an astronomer series at Cal Tech's Cool Cosmos online science classroom, Michelle Thaller talks about infrared light, heat, night vision cameras, electromagnetic waves, infrared astronomy, and more.

Night Vision Spy Toys for Kids age 8+ - (For us "Big Kids" too?)

Night Vision toys from the Jakks SpyNet line are toys, not professional night-vision binoculars like current military equipment, so the cases are plastic and the technology is more 1950s Cold War era than cutting-edge - obviously, at this low price - but the cool thing is that these are kids' toys that really do work. They do what they're supposed to do, and the cool factor (for kids 8 and up) is huge.

Spy Net Eye Clops Ultra Vision Goggles
Spy Net Eye Clops Ultra Vision Goggles

See in the dark AND record a night-vision video!

 

What adventures would your children enjoy, equipped with a set of real working Infrared night vision goggles?

How Would You Use Night Vision Goggles? - Oops, your KIDS, I mean...

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I know I wanted a pair when I was young.

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      I see more grown-up's liking this compared to kids. I too like this cool stuff. You have given a nice explanation behind the technology too.

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      GabrielaFargasch 3 years ago

      Wow! These are cool!

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      clevergirlname 3 years ago

      Oh my GOODNESS. Where were you when I was a child? I'm totally adding this to my adult wish list and I'm not afraid to admit it!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Wow, I'm a big kid at heart. Wish I could afford these! Nice toys!

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