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Grenade "Bounce Imaging Explorer" for salvation

After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, rescue teams landed in Port-au-Prince in search of survivors. Francisco Aguilar, a former graduate student in the field of state. politicians struck stories about lifeguards who relied on expensive and sophisticated visual surveillance systems. “Only a few teams were equipped with them, and besides, they needed highly trained specialists to use them,” said Aguilar. In this regard, after some time, Aguilar launched in Cambridge (pc. Mass.), A startup to develop a simpler way to study hard-to-reach places: an inexpensive probe whose dimensions would not exceed the size of a baseball ball and which can be dropped anywhere you want with a link to

The probe, which was given the name "Bounce Imaging Explorer", has a shock-absorbing shell, it is supplied with six cameras, as well as near-infrared LEDs for illuminating cameras for dark rooms. To use Explorer, the rescuer connects it with a tablet or smartphone and throws the “ball” into the danger zone. The probe immediately begins to photograph the environment, and also takes samples for carbon monoxide, methane, and dangerously high temperatures. After that, the microprocessor inside the probe stitches the photo together, converts the data and transmits them via Wi-Fi. On the connected device, a few seconds after the throw, a circular panorama and complete environmental data appears.

Aguilar very quickly found other opportunities to use the new probe outside of natural disaster zones - for example, in hostilities, in hostage situations, as well as in burning buildings. After that, he began to build work based on feedback from potential buyers. Startup Aguilar in the first months of 18 went through the development of many prototypes. As new requirements arrived, the design improved. After several policemen stated that they would like to hear what was happening in the room, a digital microphone was added to the device.

Firemen, police, inspectors of nuclear power stations and soldiers suggested testing the device, the cost of which, according to Aguilar's idea, should not be 500-1000 dollars. “We want to make it as cheap as possible. This will allow it to be used everywhere, ”says Aguilar.
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  1. biglow
    biglow 17 May 2013 09: 09
    interesting gizmo Although without the ability to move its capabilities are very limited
  2. Professor
    Professor 17 May 2013 09: 18
    The inventor was late. Such a papelac was already adopted in 2006.
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  3. _KM_
    _KM_ 17 May 2013 10: 51
    Shock-absorbing is apparently the usual shockproof. :-)
  4. Terrible ensign
    Terrible ensign 17 May 2013 13: 20
    Funny little thing! ..
    It can be very, very useful especially in the initial phase of the assault. The only thing that is not indicated, after what time the information begins to arrive on the operator’s screen ...
    1.In principle, as I see it, use in power police operations - suitable for storming premises, buildings, basements occupied by insurgents (bandits) - "BIE" should be thrown together with the "dawn" and provided with additional protection against the impacting factors of the latter, in the first turn, from a light flash (optical illumination, "burning out" of the CCD-matrix of the camera ...).
    2. It is necessary to think over the place of the "BIE" operator in the combat schedule of the unit conducting the military operation, or the possibility of broadcasting the resulting image on the displays of the unit's fighters' communicators (but the latter is almost fantastic - I have not seen anything like this on specialists yet. Cameras, fiber optics - yes ... but no display for each of the fighters.)
    1. Professor
      Professor 17 May 2013 14: 57
      They didn’t look at those specialists, they don’t give these eggs in plain infantry, the special forces use them.

      1. Alexander IV
        Alexander IV 17 May 2013 19: 54
        Professor, do you by any chance know how much such a "ball" costs?
        1. Professor
          Professor 17 May 2013 20: 34
          Kopeks, used to cost $ 1500, now it’s already $ 925- cheaper than the Japanese DSLR.
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          1. Alexander IV
            Alexander IV 17 May 2013 21: 20
            Thank you, but I'll probably stay true to my Japanese DSLR)))
  5. Mikhail3
    Mikhail3 17 May 2013 20: 16
    Pancake! I was so hoping that the world would go down a little more. Bombs-machine-guns-tanks-planes ... all of this is nothing. Yesterday. Something that is about to appear as soon as gunsmiths stop holding their heads in the day before yesterday ... well, or develop computer toys in hardware instead of weapons, as we see in various versions of idiotic "cyber armor" ... It will be really hot soon. Or you have to rebuild your whole life. Run solid noise hoods, for example, with the complete impossibility of any activity in low-current systems ...
  6. Gonoriy
    Gonoriy April 23 2016 15: 29
    Interesting, but damp.