This is off the charts cool, as the boys at DARPA have drawn inspiration from the legendary Star Wars movies with the goal of giving our fighting men and women Jedi Skills. They are working on blending real time electroencephalograms (EEGs) with advanced binoculars for soldiers to rapidly detect potential threats and enemy targets.
Recent developments and discoveries in the disparate technology areas of flat-field, wide-angle optics, large pixel-count digital imagers, cognitive visual processing algorithms, neurally-based target detection signatures and ultra-low power analog-digital hybrid signal processing electronics have led DARPA to believe that focused technology development, system design, and system integration efforts may produce revolutionary capabilities for the warfighter. The final objective of the DARPA CT2WS program is the development of prototype soldier-portable digital imaging threat queuing systems capable of effective detection ranges of 1-10 km against dismounts and vehicles while simultaneously surveying a 120-degree or greater field of view (FOV).
For more information, check out the Wired article which is packed with the official Q&A from industry leaders as well as several presentations on the scientific work being accomplished.
Press Release: Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System
(hat tip: Engadget)