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The Explorer is a Tactical 360° Ball Camera That Can Be Thrown Into Danger

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A camera startup called Bounce Imaging has just launched the Explorer, a tactical 360° camera that looks like a black softball with lenses scattered across the surface. The device is designed to help law enforcement scope out risky environments before entering them, capturing a spherical panorama to reveal hidden dangers.

On the outside of the Explorer is a thick rubber covering and six lenses pointed in different directions. There are also powerful 240W white LED lights that illuminate the scene and disorient potential attackers.

After being tossed into a location, the camera snaps several photos per second simultaneously with all six cameras. The images are then stitched together into a spherical panorama in the camera and beamed to an iOS or Android smartphone or tablet on the police officer.

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That person can then use the smartphone app to quickly study the photo and identify what’s just around the corner.

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Here’s a video showing how the Explorer can be used by law enforcement:

In the future, Bounce Imaging plans to add more sensors into the camera to provide even more information — things like temperature, radiation, and carbon monoxide readings could be useful for emergency responders.

The Explorer is for sale now through the Bounce Imaging website for $1,495. You can also buy a special Tactical Edition of the camera for $2,495 if you want near-infrared LED lights that aren’t as noticeable.

(via Bounce Imaging via Laughing Squid)

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