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Night Vision Goggles for Kids


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 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'.

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.

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...

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on December 18, 2013:

I know I wanted a pair when I was young.

Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on November 14, 2013:

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.

GabrielaFargasch on October 17, 2013:

Wow! These are cool!

clevergirlname on October 16, 2013:

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!

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on February 28, 2013:

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

maryseena on February 21, 2013:

It would be a really cool thing for the kids to have, but I'm not sure I'll buy it for them anytime soon. I depend on darkness to keep them in bed for a goodnight's sleep!

anonymous on February 19, 2013:

i would buy it if I have a possum (or some night creature) issue

Bob Zau on February 17, 2013:

Well done! I like reading about new and unique products... this makes the grade.

Kennys Online on February 14, 2013:

wouldn't mind a pair of night goggles myself!

anonymous on February 07, 2013:

amazing blog was also quite enlightening

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on January 24, 2013:

I think my husband would enjoyed these night vision goggles even more than my son!

flycatcherrr on January 06, 2013:

@AcornOakForest: Definitely need one pair of binoculars per kid, or you'd have a revolution on your hands... Unless they were playing Hide & Seek in the dark, and the kid who is "It" gets to use the night vision goggles, hmm...

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on January 06, 2013:

These would be soooo cool at summer camp, but only if I could get enough for a bunch of the kids. *sigh* I'll have to keep dreaming. :) Thanks for the review!

JumpinJake on January 04, 2013:

What an awesome blog for a review on night goggles, this was fun to see!

undraco on January 02, 2013:

I love these, and not just for kids.

Doc_Holliday on December 30, 2012:

These are really cool !!

gamecheathub on December 27, 2012:

These night vision goggles look just like the ones they show in the movies.

anonymous on December 25, 2012:

My kids (and hubby) would LOVE THESE! I think I know what I'm marking down for birthdays/christmas 2013.

noirepiphany on December 10, 2012:

A detailed analysis of the thing that I loved most. And I must admit that I still do. I must say that this Lens made me feel nostalgic.

Peter Badham from England on November 29, 2012:

Forget about the kids, I want a pair of these spy net night vision goggles for myself!

flycatcherrr on November 14, 2012:

@pawpaw911: Hmm, I can just imagine the kind of trouble you could get yourself into, with night vision goggles. ;-)

pawpaw911 on November 14, 2012:

Wow, what a great idea. My grandson would love these night vision goggles. They look pretty cool. I might have to check into getting some for myself.

Spiderlily321 on July 29, 2012:

Wow these are really cool. I would totally get these for my son, well when he's a little older of course. Thanks for sharing!

flycatcherrr on July 21, 2012:

@Rusty Quill: My favourite book, as a kid, was Harriet the Spy. :)

Rusty Quill on July 21, 2012:

It's pretty amazing that what was once top secret technology is now a kids toy - and I agree those would have been perfect as a kid playing "night games" like kick the can and such.

chft55 lm on July 19, 2012:

I would totally use these things if they work well.

flycatcherrr on July 18, 2012:

@hntrssthmpsn: Night vision goggles would sure give one an unfair advantage in a game of flashlight tag. ;)

hntrssthmpsn on July 17, 2012:

I remember seeing night vision goggles in the "toys" section on Amazon for the first time and wishing they'd been available as toys when I was little. I bought a pair for my son immediately, and we still use them a lot... mostly to sneak up on each other for a good scare ;)

GeniePark on April 21, 2012:

My sun is asking for one of this goggles Maybe I should reconsider it.

getmoreinfo on April 19, 2012:

What a cool spy gadget, I want one just like it.

MelonyVaughan on April 18, 2012:

These are amazing and affordable. I'll be getting one for my nepphew.

anonymous on April 17, 2012:

Very cool, haven't seen these for kids before.

buttonhead lm on April 16, 2012:

Ooh! This would be a really cool gift. Thanks for the idea! :)

WriterJanis2 on April 11, 2012:

Forget the kids. I would use them. LOL

JoshK47 on April 10, 2012:

Wish I had these when I was a kid!

DuaneJ on April 10, 2012:

I would love to get my hands on one of these goggles!

laughingapple on April 10, 2012:

Really interesting. I thought these would have been much more expensive.