The coolest and scariest video spy camera, ever (video)

I love photography and am fascinated by technology.  So this story gives me both a wow and a woah.

They’ve developed a new billion pixel camera that can see individual birds from over 3 miles up in the sky. It takes videos the equivalent of 100 Predator drones.

For example, here’s a town in Virginia from 3 miles up:


Then here’s the same town once you zoom in.  Oh, and it’s not just photos it takes, it’s a movie of everything happening on the ground, and you can zoom into any spot on the larger photo and see the movie at any period over the past few days.


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16 Responses to “The coolest and scariest video spy camera, ever (video)”

  1. StraightGrandmother says:

    Pretty soon I bet the Government makes us put license plates on the roofs of our cars.

  2. DrDignity says:

    How apropos & ironic to this camera a Greek mythological name, Argos Panoptes, a giant with a hundred eyes that never sleeps, who is a symbol for murder & stealth. Maybe the Greek inventor is meting the world out a warning of its lethality.

  3. perljammer says:

    Actually, it was a 1.8 gigapixel camera, using 368, 5 megapixel cellphone cameras sensors and 4 lenses. This was a 30 month DARPA program that ran from 2007 to 2010, with a contract value of $18.5 million. The initial flight testing used a UH-60 Blackhawks helicopter which has a service ceiling of 19,000 ft; I guess that’s where “3 miles” comes from — not exactly “space”.

    It was conceived to be deployed on the Boeing A-160 Hummingbird unmanned helicopter, development of which was cancelled by the army last year. As far as I can tell, the Argus IS never made it to full scale development or deployment

  4. Indigo says:

    That’s even more fun than that little click one sometimes heard on the landlines, back in the merely Orwellian 20th.

  5. Indigo says:

    I can wait for the holodeck edition.

  6. Max_1 says:

    The freedom of association… Gone!
    The freedom of the Press… Gone!
    The freedom of assembly… Gone!

    Got First Amendment?

  7. Max_1 says:

    A billion pixels… 100 predator drones
    “All the better to see you with, my dear.”

  8. pricknick says:

    Too expensive to keep an eye on my small greenhouse.

  9. hydroursus says:

    One could ask the question, will there be new laws that can utilize the tracking and identification of individuals such that if you scratch your head on Wednesday you get fined $500.00? speak the word “shit”, or not be on time for something? This goes beyond Orwell.

  10. ComradeRutherford says:

    Most porn is horrible because they are so fake. A woman pretending to enjoy being rammed at high speed is not a turn on.

  11. ComradeRutherford says:

    Money is no object when developing militaristic abilities over every citizen in the USA. The taxpayer’s pool is bottomless when it comes to war profiteering. But there is no money to spend on roads and bridges, schools, or society at large.

  12. keirmeister says:

    HD porn is horrible. All of the imperfections start appearing. Or so I’ve heard.

  13. keirmeister says:

    “ARGUS stores everything….over a million terabytes a day….”

    A 4TB internal had drive can cost anywhere from $180 to $400. So let’s say the govt. is getting a deal @ $200. That would require 250,000 4TB hard drives, which is $50 million worth of hardware for every day of recording.

    …And that doesn’t include RAID.

    So I’m wondering…how long is the data retained? If it’s for a year, that’s over $18 billion. Are they using higher-capacity drives? Even better, are they storing this data on something cool we lowly consumers could never dream of (like, say, holographic storage)?

    The data storage requirements are HUGE and sound very expensive. Maybe they bought some drives through Amazon Prime…..

  14. MyrddinWilt says:

    Billion Pixel?

    Thats gonna make some pretty high definition porn.

  15. BeccaM says:

    Looks like now’s a great time to become a Mole Person.

    Or a Morlock.

  16. Naja pallida says:

    If you see a shiny metal square moving around a city some time when you’re perusing the images from this… don’t worry, that’s just me inside my tinfoil tent.

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