Behold, the BattleView Infrared Vascular Trans-illuminator:

BattleView is a combat-tested, near-infrared vascular trans-illuminator designed to aid IV insertion at night without compromising an operator’s position.  Utilizing standard-issue night vision goggles, medics can apply BattleView to venous area to easily locate an IV target without the use of white light.  The device incorporates four encapsulated IR LED’s that bond with the iron in the venous blood travelling back to the heart, effectively fluorescing the veins.  This makes target veins extremely easy to spot, allowing IV’s to be inserted as if under normal lighting conditions.

Glowing like a lab rat!  Neva been done befo’ (no joke though, this is actually awesome).  Reminds me of when I was a kid and used to stick a flashlight in my mouth, or press it against my hand to freak my sister out.

The guy in the videos says it’s been out in the field for 2 years.  Have any of you guys used it?  Besides the added expense of night vision, it seems to me like it would be a good idea to have these in regular hospitals to save patients some discomfort when medical staff would normally have to really hunt for a vein.

Available over at TNVC for $500 along with lots more pictures and information.

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02-7-2012

Today marks 60 years Queen Elizabeth II has had the throne:

Read about the 62 gun salute – HERE

I could listen to that brass hit the ground all day!

To quote Jay-z and Kanye on Watch The Throne… “That shit CRAY!”.  

The queen seems cool and all, and I know it’s history… but seriously when is this ridiculous charade that is the royal family, going to stop?

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02-7-2012

In an electric oven:

(Source)

So 20 min at 400 F is too hot for a Sig… I wonder if my Glocks could handle that.  I better try it.  *facepalm*

Why someone would opt to use an oven rather than a rag is beyond me.

Any of you guys ever seen (or done) something similar?

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02-6-2012

Yea it’s probably a toy.. but at least the Samurai costume looks cool:

Wait, are those pre-industrial era rubber boots?  Cool.

If you need your fill of Katanas for the day, make sure to watch this “interesting” unboxing that was pretty popular a while back.

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02-6-2012

People put a lot of work into these:

The Simpsons map for Quake III Arena:

Counterstrike Source The Office map:

I searched youtube to see if there was a custom map for Full House.  Sadly there doesn’t appear to be one…

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02-6-2012

Sadly this isn’t some next-gen Chinese robot.. these people are real:

I sure hope whatever company that makes those grenade fuses has a very low margin of error.  Basically if it detonated a second or two early, there would possibly be 6 people dead. The Chinese especially, seem to love unnecessarily risky stuff like this.  I don’t even consider it impressive… it’s just flat out dumb.

Maybe you guys that have served here in the U.S. have some stories of unsafe things you had to do during training?  I hardly doubt it will compare to “cheating death” by passing around a live grenade or camping out at the end of a shooting range near the targets.  What do I know though.

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02-5-2012