If you're a soldier suspecting an ambush, you probably don't have much time to spare, and you definitely can't afford to be carrying any unnecessary weight. That's why so much military tech involves shrinking whatever's portable, and why, now, a company has thrown its radar-in-a-backpack into the ring.
The SpotterRF M600C weighs four pounds, uses just 10 watts of energy, and looks like the headrest on the driver's seat of a jalopy (which is a good thing). If ambusher or otherwise comes within 150 acres, the system tracks it, no matter what the weather conditions are.
Besides the weight advantage, it's also simple. There are no moving parts on the M600C, and manufacturer SpotterRF claims a soldier can learn to use it in 30 to 60 minutes.
If you ever end up in a "Most Dangerous Game"-type situation, the radar backpack kit would be a worthy investment. It comes with two of the M600Cs--important, since each mini-radar unit only tracks within a 90-degree angle. It can connect to Google Earth, FalconView, or RaptorX via an Android tablet to follow the radar feed, and the kit comes with the tablet, a battery, network hub, cables, backpack (of course), and a tripod for setting it all up.
Total weight? Less than 20 pounds.
Still, unless you're going to be in an overly serious hide-and-go-seek competition, it's tough to say what non-military purpose this might have, other than being a neat toy.
[via Fox News]
If it can track a moving human, it can track a moving deer, elk, moose, bear, sasquatch--name your big game. Hunters would love this.
That was my first thought too, laurenra7. Where do I get one of these?? :)
Might this also make effective burglary protection equipment for homeowners in the future??
An "acre" is a unit of area -- 150 acres could be any shape, not just the circle implied by the article. For example, it could be 10 miles long, by 125 feet wide. It would have been much better to simply mention the radius of coverage (about 1,443 ft.). This purports to be a science magazine; we should expect better. Simplyfing things is laudable; dumbing things down to the point where they're almost meaningless isn't.
I've always wanted to have a sweet radar system + app in my car. Would require some serious software though to be any good.
10 years: a HUD in every soldier's helmet all equipped with similar radar:
red dots for "bad guys"
white dots for "neutrals"
blue dots for "good guys"
the future is gonna be *awesome*
Shrink this down to the size of an ipod shuffle and you've got Boba Fetts helmet.
Yeah hunters... you really need it ... (Smack at the top of the head!)
My dad is a gun loving hunter.... At 5yr old I saw him shoot some skeet and a very comon black bird in Puerto Rico changos (no big deal, but that took SKILL!)... Anyway I gave him a speech... Sometime like GROW UP you sadist fool!...
They're using a Motorola Xoom. I have the exact same case for it from Otterbox.
They're showing it in an open environment. What about an urban setting, steel and concrete? That will surely produce blind spots, specially in buildings. And ambushers don't usually use well worn paths. They take paths of unlikely, move slow and hidden.
I think that this device could be useful for situational awareness in a defensive position. A common tactic is to initiate an attack with a small force from one direction while a larger sized force quietly approaches from a different direction while the defenders are focused on the harassing force. This device would allow the defenders to spot the ruse immediately allowing them to shift forces to counter the more serious threat. An up-link would be useful to provide real-time data to friendly CAS aircraft/artillery.
However, this system is not for clandestine work. Radars emit an active signal that can be detected and pinpointed by anyone with a relatively simple passive device, well beyond the range of the SpotterRF.
Some non-military applications I can think of:
Search and rescue
BASH warning at airports (Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard)
collision avoidance on small boats
Zombie apocalypse kits
this is perfect for doomsday "prepers" i need one!!
"religion is like a prison for the seekers of wisdom"
There is already a pretty good market for wildlife cameras. Many conservation and eco users may find this a welcome addition to their tasks.
Certain types of security and protection companies could use it from homes to businesses to loss prevention.
Not sure how legal this would be for hunting yet. I guess some guides could use it to select targets. A good hunter really doesn't need this stuff.
Made from the same crappy foreign chipsets that are grounding our new "high-tech" fighter planes. See you wen you sleep. Mua, ha, ha. Surprise!
How about hooking this baby up to a Barret smooth-bore with the new self duided bullet, put them round the mountains of a suspected terror cell and watch the show. Hook a thermal scope to it and an AI to tell if the suspect has a weapon or not and then you are set.
Didn't Samsung Techwin already make this kind of stuff? With better range and a bunch of other functions? (Sentry bot)