January 30, 2013

DARPA tech: Cool with a side of creepy

Generating 600 GB of data per second (eat your heart out, RED cam), the 1.8-gigapixel ARGUS camera will hitch a ride on drones, spotting targets as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet. TechCrunch reports,

The camera uses 368 five-megapixel camera sensors aimed through a telescopic array to pick out birds in flight and humans on the move on the Earth’s surface. ARGUS stands for Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System.

Elsewhere, acronym-lovin’ DARPA wants you to design an amphibious Fast, Adaptable, Next-Generation Ground Vehicle (FANG). Somehow I’m kinda weirded out by their appropriating a breezy whiteboard aesthetic more often seen in TED talks:

Posted by John Nack at 8:12 AM on January 30, 2013

Comments

  • BJ Nicholls — 9:00 AM on January 30, 2013

    It’s impressive technology, but since it’s based on current smartphone sensors it’s going to have limited low light capability. For now the message to bad guys is stay indoors during the day.

  • Alex — 10:51 AM on January 30, 2013

    Ok, sounds to me like we design it and make it work and somebody else gets rich from the design.

    [Also dead. –J.]

    Submit on line? Sure, I am sure we will get a thank you email for the work.

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