Phoenix UAV can sense you breathing
measl at mfn.org
Mon Mar 28 07:43:31 PDT 2011
On Wed, 23 Mar 2011, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> The flying robot's RF array can penetrate concrete walls from "an extended
> range," according to TiaLinx, which is based in Newport Beach, Calif.
> Other skills include providing the layout of a multistory building and
> scanning roads for unexploded ordnance.
> Skynet might dig that, but the Phoenix could also be deployed in humanitarian
> missions. It could work in disasters such as earthquakes to scan for
> survivors, or even find landmines in former war zones.
Yes, it *could*, and even *should* be put to such high end humanitarian
uses. But how many people really believe that this will ever happen?
It's *so* much more fun to use them in seizure cases, where you can beef
up your budget through fee-splitting with the manufacturer and USG.
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