Tactical 'Bounce' Camera Scouts Out Unseen Hazards
October 30, 2012
Screenshot via Bounce Imaging.
A "bouncy-ball" camera being developed by a Massachusetts company would help SWAT officers uncover hidden threats before entering a dangerous situation.
Boston-based Bounce Imaging will begin testing its device in January with several Massachusetts agencies.
The device, a round ball with a rubber housing, contains six cameras that take two photographs per second and send them to a smartphone or laptop when the ball is thrown into an unknown area.
Software then connects the images into a 360-degree view of the room. The cameras capture light in the near-infrared range, and the device comes equipped with infrared LEDs, allowing it to build a full panorama of a scene even if it is poorly lit, reports New Scientist.
View a demo of the camera here.
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Todd E @ 10/31/2012 5:52 AM
I saw one of these used in the Canadian police show, "Flashpoint."
Sam @ 10/31/2012 6:57 AM
This is something that is definitely needed. I saw a proto-type of this camera used last night on the series Flashpoint.
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