Bounce Imaging has developed the Explorer camera, a field-deployable gadget which offers 360 views of spaces which may be unseen. This invention will be a great improvement for cops and other first responders.
The tactical throwing ball was developed by MIT Alumnus Francisco Aguilar’s Bounce Imaging and it comes at the price of $1400. The Explorer camera uses Wi-Fi to share the 360 video feeds with iOS and Android smartphones and so it offers last-second intel which enables first responders to save lives.
The camera has six lenses and is provided with a central processor which moderates the images captured by the device and a load-lightening algorithm stitches the video together. The algorithm was developed the Costa Rican Institute of Technology. The camera has a range of 60 feet and in addition it is provided with LEDs so it can even put on a light show.
This technology could help lower the risk which first responders are exposed to when they have to go blindly into dangerous places. The company which developed the Explorer camera said that fiber optical cameras and robots don’t usually make it to the front lines.
When the company designed the device it was aimed for search and rescue teams. However when police departments heard about this invention Bounce Imaging changed its focus. The company said in a video:
“Everyday, we ask brave men and women to enter hazardous, unseen spaces.We ask police to pursue and detain violent suspects. We ask firefighters to search burning buildings for victims. We ask soldiers to clear buildings, caves and compounds.”
Aguilar declared that for now their main goal is to make sure that the Explorer camera will reach the market. However the CEO of Bounce Imaging suggested that he want to throw the ball to some content creators in the domain of virtual reality. Who knows, maybe sports won’t be the same.
Aguilar declared that right now there are focusing on the Explorer’s success on the market. Afterwards they will see whether they can try testing what interesting things they could do with the imaging processing. This could highly decrease computational requirements for a series of industries which work with the help of immersive video.
Image Source: Bounce Imaging