U.S. defense contractors spend a lot of resources developing robots that help the Pentagon's various services keep an eye on their enemies, but San Diego-based Torrey Pines Logic is developing a small robotic sidekick that helps friendly forces know if they are being watched. The Beam 100 Optical Detection System sends out pulses of lasers that can detect various optical lenses out to roughly one kilometer, or nearly 1,100 yards, letting forces know if there's someone out their with a telescopic lens, a camera, or even a rifle scope pointed in their direction.
Designed to help protect forward operating bases or special operators trying to avoid detection, the system emits laser pulses into its surrounding environment via a panning, swiveling head that maintains 360-degree coverage. When the pulses reflect off of glass, the returning pulses are detected and analyzed for certain signatures indicative of optical glass--lenses, essentially--used in telescoping or camera devices. The signature analysis discards noise from other glass, like bottles, window glass, or other non-optical surfaces.
The result is a system that, if it works as well as Torrey Pines Logic says it does, only detects objects of interest, like telescoping observation lenses or weapons optics. The system then uses further software-based analysis to geolocate the objects of interest and alert the user as to their whereabouts. Considering its a laser device, it could also potentially be tweaked to incapacitate or otherwise blind the offending optical object (or person), but laser weapons and countermeasures that cause actual damage to human eyes are prohibited under international convention. So we're not advocating that. We're just noting that it probably could be done.
Cool, put a gun on it then you have an auto-sniping bot.
So is this what winding down a few wars looks like? I bet there is a 5$ solution that would render this thing completely useless....
I find it fasinating you are not considered a troll or blocked.
I thought we were already doing this. Hmm.
Considering its a laser device, it could also potentially be tweaked to incapacitate or otherwise blind the offending optical object (or person)
Truth hurts dude, what did you find trolling in my post? They are making this thing into a weapon (A badass auto snipe bot) but a weapon none the less.
I imagine two things right off the bat, put a covering over an optical lens. Im thinking sunglasses.
Put multiple scopes all over the environment when planning an ambush.
And finally shoot the thing in the sensors. a 2 cent bullet just destroyed a few million in hardware.
I hope your invention includes identifying friend or foe and is 100% correct always, including being 100% should it have an electronic or software failures too, else consider the outcome by remove the human from making this decision.
i think the most common use will be keeping restricted areas free from photography. (and gun wielding maniacs)
Even if the hypothetical auto-turret had safety beacons (rfids, cellphones) on friendly personnel, it could be hacked to turn on friendly forces. Thats the problem with a robot that kills stuff, someone could turn it on you. Or your rfid /phone could break/run out of battery. Risk vs reward, sure warfare is going robotic, but warfare is also going extinct.
I really hope you Call of Duty types never get anywhere that you could possible have to make important choices about others lives. Sadly, you'll probably all be our overpaid bosses and congressmen.