Look at the most basic, every day piece of technology in your house and you’d be surprised to find out that in some way the military had a hand in creating it. I’m not saying the military or the government invented your IPod or microwave, but the intricate technology within them are certainly inspired by previous military devices. Look at drones for instance, what was a luxury and tool used for military purposes only is now finding headway in the civilian market. Radios, computers, television sets, have gone through rapid makeovers over the years and in some regard the military is the prime reason for it. As a country we spend billions of dollars to remain a step ahead of our enemies abroad, and in doing so we have to improve existing devices to maximize our abilities. Eventually, these advances find its way to the general public, it may take several years or until a new device is ushered in making the other obsolete, but they almost always find a market to the general public. One such device that military is spending a lot of time and money improving is the long range motion sensors to detect IEDs.
Body sensors that can detect a long range IED? These body suits monitor a the person who wears it body temperature, heart rate, body position and hydration levels. These suits offer the person a life-saving addition that other protective suits don’t, they provide oxygen and hemorrhage controls in case the individual is injured from an attack, saving the soldiers life. But even more remarkable, is the sensor capability. The suit is equipped with a long range motion sensor that can detect an IED from several 10+ miles away transmitting the information to the person via night vision goggles. Captain Kirk would be impressed.
The military are installing motion sensor cameras that can literally identify friend from foe on their base stations and other locations. These cameras monitor approaching individuals dress, kind of weapons, activity and even facial recognition to identify the persons intent and if needed send signals to the appropriate personnel. Theses motion sensors can not only detect individuals, but are effective when detecting IEDs with their long range signals that are not effected by weather or any of mother nature’s hazy obstacles such as fog or snow.
Long Range Lasers
A recent $30 million project is producing lasers that pick up the motion of individuals, IEDs and other potential hazards. What makes this new piece of technology intriguing, even to the military novice, is these lasers run on a near zero power battery saving sensor power. These remarkably long lasting batteries that would put the Energizer Bunny out of business, is a great tool to have. These lasers remain continuously and passively monitoring the environment using minimal power until triggered.