Boeing to launch a three-dimension camera for aerial views

marzo 11, 2010 Technology No Commenti

3d Camera

Aviation giant Boeing has just announced that soon it will launch on the market a photo camera to be used to capture 3D aerial images, which has been specifically designed to be deployed on UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) type aircraft and helicopters, and which can have applications in several fields, ranging from reconnaissance or target acquisition for the military, or commercial applications of various kinds, as well as aerial video surveillance operations, both civilian and military.

This 3D photo camera has been developed by Spectrolab, a subsidiary company of Boeing, over more than two years of design and different tests on UAVs. Compared to similar devices for capture of 3D images, it has the advantage of a smaller size (its encumbrance is roughly one third of similar models), as well as a ten times lower energy consumption, a factor of vital importance for UAVs, which are powered by battery packs, making every inch of power important.

To create its 3D images, during flight the photo camera sends short and quick laser pulses towards the ground, measuring the duration of every pulse’s flight time to determine the distance of the ground from the device thanks to its set of sensors and imaging software.

Once the test stage on UAVs is over, Boeing will also be studying the possibility of adding video capabilities, in order to add further potential to its three dimensional imaging system, in order to make it suitable for a wide range of applications on the ground, in the air and even in outer space.

Long distance monitoring from anywhere, with a robot cam

marzo 11, 2010 Technology No Commenti


If we are going on holiday and are afraid that our home might be visited by burglars, or if we are keeping valuable objects in the house and fear that someone with malicious intentions might take advantage of our absence, and we just do not want to sit back, cross our fingers and just hope that nothing happens while we are out, we still can find an effective solution to keep our home (or our office) under close control, without having to spend a fortune for the installation of a complicated surveillance system with cameras in each room.

All that is needed is a WiFi connection and a computer, and wherever you are, you can keep the situation under close scrutiny, thanks to the cam robot, that is, a small device, equipped with a pan and tilt webcam, which can freely move on wheels within your office or home, and detect any changes in the environment, such as a movement, a piece of furniture that has been moved, an open door which was closed before or vice versa.

By programming a path with preset waypoints, you can easily achieve a full surveillance inside your premises or apartment, and in case of alert the robot cam can send an acoustic alarm in the room. Thanks to its webcam, it is possible to follow In real time what goes on, by simply connecting to the internet and guiding its webcam in real time, even in the dark thanks to its powerful headlight which will illuminate the area.

In a few words, we are talking about a webcam teamed up with an intelligent robot, which thanks to its rechargeable battery can freely move around on its sturdy wheels. The operating time of the battery is around 90 minutes, therefore it can be programmed so that, at fixed intervals or when the battery is low, it will automatically return to its docking station to recharge, and get ready to start his job again!


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