TECH TUESDAYS W/ JTweet Vol. 17: GIGApixel Cameras


And this toy can allow us to view high-quality Gigapixel images of faces, license plates, and celebrities that until now were reserved for continents and stars.

DARPA (the Defense Advanced Reserve Projects Agency) partnered with Boeing to mobilize a Gigapixel camera mounted to an aerial drone for the U.S. Army (with 2 more in the works, presumably one going to the AF and the other to the Navy). This isn't the first time cameras have gone airborne, but it certainly marks a big first in terms of technology. A GIGAPIXEL is 1 BILLION PIXELS, by the way.

Google uses similar technology for Google Maps and Google Earth. However, Googel typically uses satelites (i.e. GeoEye-1). Satelites have a range of obrits, depending on their function, ranging from a mere 260 miles from earth and a whopping 24,000 miles.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are systems such as PAN-STARR (PS1). Based out of Mount Haleakala in Hawaii, PS1 a Gigapixel imaging system integrated into one of the telescopes in the Aloha state. It's purpose is mapping the galaxies. Again, the distance issue comes into play.

But how about a Gigapixel camera just a mere 30,000 feet (or sometimes much less depending on the situation)?! The rule of thumb is: the closer one is to the subject, the better.

I say we're still a good 30 years before this technology finds its way into the latest Nikon, but the fact that it's out there, operational, and most importantly HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL is awesome

Run n' tell that.


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