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Beth Stackpole
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Size and scale amazing
Beth Stackpole   5/3/2012 6:49:28 AM
Is that a dime used to show the size and scale of this camera? Wow, pretty tiny. So what does the small size and other features bring to the equation in terms of benefits for military applications? And are there other potential use cases?

naperlou
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Re: Size and scale amazing
naperlou   5/3/2012 9:03:39 AM
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Beth, one of the advantages that our military has is the technology that is available to them.  This is both a function of innovation and money.  One of those technological advantages is the ability to operate at night with IR technologies.  The devices are definately man portable, but as with anything military, the lighter, the better.  What really strikes me is the fact that it is not cooled.  It seems like this is due to the processing that can be done to correct for thermal effects. 

As for other applications, I can imagine lots for industrial imaging and certianly for surveilance.  Perhaps Ann has some more application information.

Rob Spiegel
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Seeing through the fog
Rob Spiegel   5/3/2012 1:34:17 PM
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I'm impressed, Ann, that this camera can see through fog. I would imagine the small size offers a ton of military surveillance opportunities, from drones to cameras implanted on the gear of individual soldiers. I would imagine it would be handy for a combatant to extend a tiny camera into a structure before entering. I'm sure that would help cops as well.


Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Size and scale amazing
Ann R. Thryft   5/3/2012 4:19:59 PM
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Beth, that is a dime--the camera cube measures less than an inch on each side. The point of its tiny size is that it can be easily integrated with smaller equipment, like a helmet or a rifle, or many of them can now be carried in the same space on an unmanned aircraft, for example.


Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Seeing through the fog
Ann R. Thryft   5/3/2012 4:21:46 PM
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naperlou, I think you've pretty well covered the apps. Rob, I think you;'re right about police apps as well.


Jim S
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There are many civilian uses
Jim S   5/4/2012 9:20:22 AM
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If it could be made inexpensively this would be great for night driving through the fog. Just add a high speed shutter (LCD?) to protect it from high ambient light, when it happens to keep it from being blinded.

Noswad
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What?
Noswad   5/4/2012 10:37:05 AM
Why is everyone fixated on the uses for military? Why can't we think more about civilian life improvements instead? Why is it that every new and neat gadget has to be thought of in military uses? Is there not enough war and killing? Let's move beyond the violence of war and better our communities.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: What?
Rob Spiegel   5/4/2012 10:46:30 AM
Noswad, I think some of the reason we're seeing these technology developments coming through the military is because the military has the funding to work on technology that does not have a direct commercial application. 

saddleman
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Re: Size and scale amazing
saddleman   5/4/2012 11:03:34 AM
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Hi Beth,

Another application for this camera would be for first responders. I live in the central valley of California and parts of it during winter months are plagued by heavy fog so much so that the Highway Patrol must pace traffic to keep people from running over each other. We could use this technology to save lives.

Keith

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Sample photos
jhankwitz   5/4/2012 11:57:44 AM
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It would be very interesting to see side-by-side photos to illustrate how good it really is.  Seeing through fog is a very subjective and ambiguous term.

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