May 19, 2016

Soldiers can toss two cameras into a room and get a 3D map so they virtually scout before physically entering

DARPA researchers have a way for soldiers to know exactly what they are getting into before they go in. Known as VirtualEye, a soldier armed with a laptop or tablet can throw a couple of cameras into a building and get a three-dimensional view of what's inside, moving around the space with a controller to see where the enemy might be hiding.

VirtualEye is an offshoot project from a DARPA program to create more efficient computer processors. In partnership with Nvidia, Tran found a perfect example of how efficient computing power small enough for a soldier to carry around can be a game changer on the battlefield

Using the VirtualEye view, a soldier can "walk" around a room and explore inside, looking under the couch, behind a column, or see what the inside of the door looks like. The two cameras work together to put together one cohesive virtual map.

The program doesn't require special cameras or other equipment. Tran said they are "camera agnostic" and can use just about any type.

"We think we can get it in the field pretty quickly, within the next two to three years."

SOURCE- Tech Insider, DARPA

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