What makes being a police officer so dangerous is the unknown. They're the first responders to chaotic situations and they need to gather information and make decisions in seconds. That's where this little bouncy ball could change everything.
Developers at Bounce Imaging, a Boston-based software startup company, created the throwable tactical camera called the Explorer to give police officers and first-responders an extra eye in the field. This softball-sized bouncing ball has some big features that can help law enforcement in a sticky situation.
This nifty little gadget has the potential to save lives and thwart criminals' dastardly plans of attack. To do this, Bounce Imaging created a 6-lens camera stuffed inside a ball of sorts and enclosed in a thick rubber casing to protect the lenses from shattering when the camera is toss into a precarious spot.
“It basically gives a quick assessment of a dangerous situation,” says Bounce Imaging CEO Francisco Aguilar.
Once the Explorer is triggered remotely, each of the lenses snaps a photo of its surroundings and stitches them together in seconds to produces a detailed panoramic picture. The final image is then sent to the law enforcement officer's smartphone, while they stay a safe distance away from the danger.
The Bouncing Imaging developers are working on software that can be added to the tactical camera. They are currently working on things like smoke, carbon dioxide, temperature and radiation detectors for the Explorer to keep officers even more safe in unknown circumstances.
Once police department caught wind of this helpful little invention, they all started vying for the chance to receive the first models. Now that they're ready to go, the Bounce Imaging team is going to deploy 100 of these life-saving gadgets to police departments across the United States later this year.
What do you think about these Explorers? Do you think they're going to help save the lives of officers around the country or do you think they're not going to catch on? Let me know by leaving a comment below.