The Photographer’s Best Accessory For 2012: A 1.8 Gigapixel Helicopter

Posted by on December 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Forget the storm of quadrocopters that’s brewing on the horizon, the United States Army is deploying three Boeing ARGUS helicopters that feature 1.8 Gigapixel (as in, 1,800,000,000 pixels per image) cameras. Yeah, sure, there are battlefield applications, like being able to keep track of over 60 targets at once, or take photos from over 20,000 feet, but let’s think about this a little bit: what would you do with a 1.8 Gigapixel camera on wings? Let’s count the ways:

  • You could film that real-life The Sims documentary you’ve always wanted to do.
  • You could strap that footage with some augmented reality and come up with the ultimate zombie invasion game!
  • You could have Google Maps all the time and in real-time!
  • You could ominously hover over your enemies. It’s a creepy looking thing, really
  • You wouldn’t need any other lens kits, and you definitely wouldn’t need any Lytro trickery!
Okay, those are all stupid (and wicked cool), but I can imagine it won’t be terribly long before this tech ends up in civilian hands, allowing for some really cool traffic monitoring systems as well as being the first line of defense against forest fires and stuff. It’s fun to imagine the crazy things the military does with our dollars.

Source: Engadget

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