Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives

A new throwable ball that sends panoramic images to let soldiers and first responders know what they are in for during a crisis situation will soon be widely utilized by the military, fire fighters and police forces around the world.

The Bounce Imaging Explorer – only the size of a baseball - is a new kind of camera that will save lives. The rubber ball contains six cameras, a Wi-Fi transmitter, and a microphone to transmit audio. The images the ball obtains are instantly displayed on a tablet or smartphone.

Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives.Bounce Imaging Explorer Helps Save Lives.

The inventors of this new technology are Francisco Aguilar and Dave Young, both who met as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Since graduating thier new invention has taken off in a big way. This past year they have been running pilot tests with police forces, fire departments and the military. They are now in the works of creating new relationships with first responder units from around the world.

“We developed the idea for Bounce Imaging after the 2010 Haiti earthquake demonstrated the need for a low-cost, easy-to-use imaging and sensor technology to search for victims after a major disaster,” says Aguilar. “The core concept of seeing inside dangerous spaces was then expanded to other first responder applications needed by professionals like police and firefighters. The core purpose of our product is to reduce risk and save the lives of first responders and civilians by allowing personnel to gather information about hazardous spaces and environments before having to enter them.”

Image: The Bounce Imaging Explorer gets into dangerous places so people don’t have to.Image: The Bounce Imaging Explorer gets into dangerous places so people don’t have to.

Young indicates that police officers they have met with contend that their invention “could be used in hostage situations, active shooter situations and other situations where officers feel a threat lies around a corner or in a room.”

He adds, “Firefighters as well in particular hope to use our onboard sensors to detect hazardous gases like hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, which are often present in buildings after fires. They also see the potential in helping to search buildings for victims before they need to decide whether to enter a building. Other first-responder applications range from Homeland Security container inspection to nuclear plant safety, but our initial focus is on the police application.”

The Bouncing Imaging Explorer costs $995.00 (USD), and soon will be must-have-piece-of-gear for soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and other first responders.