Touted to have a first of its kind self-adjusting beam, the to-be-released NAO headlamp from Petzl could be a game changer in the world of head-mounted illumination products. Unveiled today at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah, the NAO has integrated light sensors mounted near its LEDs on front. It is said to analyze ambient light and then “instantly and automatically” adjust its light-beam output to best suit the venue outdoors.
We have little information now on the headlamp. Petzl released only a paragraph to the press. But we assume the “self-adjusting” feature means the light will tune up and down depending on what you’re looking at. If a hiker is gazing ahead down a trail to see far, the headlamp will sense that and adjust long. Look down at your shoes (or a map in hand) and the smart Petzl headlamp will instantly reduce output to save power and not blast your eyes.