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333 comments

I FRIST POST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788037)

eat my asshole, I gotta fart!

Re:I FRIST POST (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788759)

Mmmm, fresh asshole!

Now hold still while I get fire up the grill and sharpen my steak knife.....

overkill (5, Funny)

RemoWilliams84 (1348761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788053)

Why not just shoot the grenades in there. Then you'll know what lies ahead (bodies).

Re:overkill (5, Funny)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788089)

...or just add an explosive to it....will be able to see the surprise on their faces before they are blown to bits...

Re:overkill (5, Interesting)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788151)

Make it so that the explosives can be blown after you check the video. If there are a bunch of men with rifles, blow the grenade. If there are women and children, retrieve it.

Re:overkill (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788249)

What if it is women and or children with rifles?

Re:overkill (2, Insightful)

a_fuzzyduck (979684) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788323)

...or men without rifles?

Re:overkill (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788703)

If they're men without guns, or women and children it's still okay to detonate the explosive as long as they're Islamic savages. [typepad.com]

Let them live and they'll eventually mutilate your filmmakers [wikipedia.org] and bomb your citizens [cnn.com] .

Re:overkill (4, Funny)

MightyYar (622222) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788691)

What if it is women and or children with rifles?

I think chivalry dictates that you kill them last.

Re:overkill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788993)

c'mon +1 funny parent, not the guy who explained the joke.

LOLZ!!11!!!!11! PWNT (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25789173)

Dudez, U R WTF PWNT n0\/\/!

Re:overkill (2, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788135)

Why not just shoot the grenades in there. Then you'll know what lies ahead (bodies).

Yeah but it might be good to know if those bodies are enemies, civilians or friendlies before you frag them ;)

My million dollar question: What's to stop your opponent from figuring out which frequencies this device transmits on and jamming it and/or targeting it with anti-radiation weapons?

Re:overkill (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788267)

What's to stop your opponent from figuring out which frequencies this device transmits on and jamming it and/or targeting it with anti-radiation weapons?

That's easy, just pick on people who don't have our level of technology then whine about asymmetric warfare and call them terrorists when they use IEDs to defend their homes.

Re:overkill (2, Insightful)

Kagura (843695) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788753)

Considering that the enormous majority of incidents in Iraq are civilian militias performing attacks against ordinary citizens who belong to a different sect of Islam, rather than against US personnel, I'd say that the moderator was warranted in modding down your post.

Re:overkill (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788927)

What makes you think the 3rd world countries we're saving from themselves would have that kind of technology when we didn't give it to them? You're not from the US, are you?

Re:overkill (2, Funny)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788149)

Great placement of this comment, considering the FP.

Re:overkill (1, Redundant)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788173)

You know the answer to that... Because even if every guy in the room was a "bad guy", some liberal out there (a lot of them actually) would be crying because we didn't give them a chance to surrender. Even though the battle drill states to clear the room with a grenade, that's only under 100% hostile situations. Take a look at our current ROE in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Re:overkill (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788747)

You're 100% right. When american lives are in danger, the safety of the enemy should not be a concern.

That's why I support tactical nuclear weapons. Minimal American blood spilled.

Re:overkill (2, Insightful)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788801)

Honestly, it doesn't even have to be American-centric. If you were Australian you wouldn't want Australians dying, if you were Russian you wouldn't want Russians dying, and so forth and so on. There are few countries which take as many precautions as we do. The problem is you only hear about the .0001% of times when something goes wrong.

Re:overkill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788841)

I think the issue with using grenades to clear a room is that grenades don't discriminate against who they shred to pieces. That's why you almost never see houses getting blown sky-high unless a high-ranking person in charge decides that the collateral damage is worth it, depending on what US casualties might occur, whether the person inside is thought to be a VIP, number of civilians in the area, etc.

Re:overkill (4, Informative)

maz2331 (1104901) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788963)

Good idea if it helps to avoid blowing up non-combatants, and useful for knowing where to call in the 500 pound bomb if necessary.

As a general rule, it is always advisable to avoid barbequeing women and children who aren't involved in the fight if it's at all possible to do so. It's counterproductive and feeds the enemy's propaganda machine.

Re:overkill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25789181)

Just have the thing broadcast a surrender demand when it lands - or whatever psychological warfare tactic you prefer. (obHeinlein: "I'm a thirty second bomb! Twenty-nine...twenty-eight...")

WTF is a bad guy? (5, Insightful)

Kris Thalamus (555841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789221)

It really bothers me to hear an adult use the term "bad guy" to refer to a real person. It seems to be a recent American trend. Bad guys are characters found in silly action films and fairy tales.

Re:overkill (2, Insightful)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788205)

Not necessarily, the hostiles might be some distance away from the opening you throw the thing through, just throwing a grenade tells them where you are and if you go in you'll have all rifles in the vincinity pointed at you already.

collateral damage (1)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788241)

yah and if happens to be civilians we just play the "collateral damage" euphemism

Re:overkill (0, Redundant)

isBandGeek() (1369017) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788263)

And if it's a civilian?

Hostages, explosives on site... (4, Insightful)

denzacar (181829) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788515)

...sensitive equipment on site, element of surprise, recon mission...
The list is long.

Are you one of those guys that, when playing Counterstrike, chucks grenades inside killing all the hostages and then runs into the room spraying it with bullets, only to be knifed in the head once you run out of ammo?

Re:Hostages, explosives on site... (4, Funny)

RemoWilliams84 (1348761) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788669)

Oh, so you know who I am. Whats your tag?

Re:overkill (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788617)

The real problem will come when the first soldier holds a grenade to his face and while everybody says "cheeeese" blows his head off.

Re:overkill (1)

PrescriptionWarning (932687) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789191)

but... dead men don't lie! honest!

Old news day on slashdot? (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788093)

I watched a show about these on "future weapons" last year. they have been in production for over 3 years now.

Load up the camera round, fire, your buddy get's to look at the screen as it floats down to earth.

Re:Old news day on slashdot? (1)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788225)

The linked article is dated from today. Maybe the I-Ball itself is new and the one *you* saw was the H-Ball or somesuch. Personally, I'm waiting for the U-Ball...I hear it will be much better and have more features.

Re:Old news day on slashdot? (2, Funny)

WuphonsReach (684551) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788465)

I watched a show about these on "future weapons" last year. they have been in production for over 3 years now.

I think it was even used on CSI:NY within the past few years as well. A tactical assault team tossed one into an apartment prior to entry.

Goatse (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788101)

New mirror [twofo.co.uk] .

"Being developed" = "Hey, I got an idea" (4, Insightful)

jfengel (409917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788117)

From TFA:

âoeWe have overcome some significant technological challenges in developing the I-Ball technology,â said Paul Thompson of Dreampact. âoeAlthough it is in its early stages, we are very excited about the technology's potential to help our troops to be better prepared for battle.â

In other words, "We had an idea, and we've got no idea how to actually implement it, but if the MoD gives us a bunch of money we'll happily spend it."

Maybe the UK MoD is better than the US DoD about not funding projects just because some legislator is owed a favor, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Re:"Being developed" = "Hey, I got an idea" (5, Funny)

sckeener (137243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788505)

I'm sure the inventor got the idea after getting caught installing a wireless webcam in a girls gym room.

'what if I could just roll it into the bathroom? Maybe make it look like a softball or something. Oh...oh...and I need to be able to shoot it from far away so if they find it, I'm not caught.'

Re:"Being developed" = "Hey, I got an idea" (3, Funny)

houghi (78078) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789027)

You do not need to shoot it far, just further then the restraining order allows you to get to.

Wish there was a photo (2, Insightful)

thered2001 (1257950) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788119)

It would be interesting to see what this thing looks like. It must be pretty rugged in order to survive the landing.

Now they really know you're coming... (2, Insightful)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788169)

If the "bad guys" didn't already hear you coming in, they really know when that ball comes flying in the room! Seriously, it's going to take a minute to analyze the feed and on the ground we don't have that time luxury. While there might be a few isolated cases where it could be useful, I'm not sure what they are.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

Lostlander (1219708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788253)

Well since it can be loaded in a tank I would say it would be awesome for short distance aerial recon. it's always nice to know where you have to aim to hit some guys on the other side of the wall.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788375)

Sure... If you don't have UAV feed, live feed from a manned plane/rotary, satellite imagery, or something of that nature. Then of course the very nature of a tank, mortar, or artillery round makes for one of those times when "close is good enough". Your idea is at least more plausible though. I still would not want to be a soldier sitting outside a courtyard shooting that thing in though.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

Lostlander (1219708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788653)

From what I can understand you could probably shoot it from the tank not sure of the logistics but it seems it might go a little too fast out of a tank barrel though.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788727)

As far as deploying it... I haven't spent a lot of time around tanks, but I know some could have smoke grenade launchers and there are various well used weapons platforms out there which I'm sure this thing could be made to work with. Generally though I'd rather see money going towards improving unmanned vehicles and whatnot. UAV feed is a great thing.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (3, Interesting)

capt.Hij (318203) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788407)

I was assuming that infantry soldiers would use it after they shot up a building. It would be nice to see what damage you inflicted before going in. By that time the folks inside probably have a good idea that they have visitors. The article itself seemed jsut as focused on armor which you generally do not use to sneak up on anybody.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788523)

I can see more usefulness in using it after like you say. My only problem with that is with what you do with the information. If you use it to get a "repeat", great. If you're using it to decide you need to clear the building, not so great. I'm just basing my view on how it's being marketed and how I feel the powers that be will use it.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788503)

I would imagine the idea is for someone acting as support to analyze the feed for the guys on the ground.

What if you could work out a way so that the feed image remained fixed relative to an internal compass and/or gyroscope? You could probably collect enough data to generate a 3d model of the room with a good throw and then the support guy could give a verbal description points of interest in the room. If you throw enough computing power at the problem, all of this could be done very quickly.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788589)

I think speed is really of the essence. My fears are only about 1. Giving the enemy advanced knowledge of an assault and 2. Targets moving/taking defensive posture while the feed is being analyzed. My fear is a most deadly course of action that while we're trying to figure out what's in a room, "bad guy" is laying down on the floor and training his RPK on the doorway. Or, most likely the "bad guy" runs away after hearing/seeing/otherwise detecting this thing.

Re:Now they really know you're coming... (1)

SargentDU (1161355) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789001)

Well send an HE through next so you take the RPK guy out. Problem solved. :)

Motion blur (1)

Schroedi (1409087) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788181)

The I-Ball sends real-time, 360-degree video

Hope they have a fast camera, or the picture will be quite blurry...

Re:Motion blur (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788469)

It will probably just get pictures after landing and not while in flight.
If each cammera can cover 90 degrees you would only need six of them for full coverage. Include sensors to get the orentaion of the sphere and some smart software and you would be all set. You could use software to pan in any direction. Actually pretty handy. Drop two in and you could create a 3d map if they could tell where each of them is in the room.
 

A no-deposit/no-return drone? (4, Interesting)

erroneus (253617) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788223)

I sure hope these things are less than $100... hell, less than $10 for that matter. I sure as hell don't think we need to waste that kind of money on stuff the enemy might take home as a souvenir.

"Why can't we all just get along?!" I'd rather see research and development dollars spent making war and conflict obsolete.

At the moment, most of the conflict where it is "the world" vs. the U.S.A., seems to be stemming from ridiculous policies that no one can fully explain. Why do we care about the "spread of communism"? Why do we care about "defending Israel"? There are a lot of humanitarian causes far more dire and we leave those tragedies alone with a clear conscience. Can someone tell me why we spend SO much money and so many human lives on "expanding democracy" and "defending Israel"?

Re:A no-deposit/no-return drone? (2, Insightful)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788289)

War and conflict will become obsolete when humans become obsolete.

Oblig (1)

jemtallon (1125407) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788417)

I, for one, welcome our new I-less overlords!

Re:A no-deposit/no-return drone? (1)

Lostlander (1219708) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788377)

That's like asking why do people get in bar brawls. Generally the most common answer is some form of ignorance or self righteousness. Think of the people most likely to get in a brawl. Now, Compare this with the people most likely to start a war. Then compare their intelligence and general social awareness.

Re:A no-deposit/no-return drone? (2)

GeekWade (623925) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788413)

Why do we care about the "spread of communism"? Why do we care about "defending Israel"?...Can someone tell me why we spend SO much money and so many human lives on "expanding democracy" and "defending Israel"?

We don't, those are just excuses for Uncle Sam developing new toys that you and I are not allowed to own, thus ensuring that there will always be an Uncle Sam...

Re:A no-deposit/no-return drone? (3, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788621)

The answer is simple but unpleasant. You try and stop the biggest threats to you. Iraq wasn't using the money it got from oil to make a better life for it's people. It was using it to get nukes and chemical weapons. Yes they really where before the first war. We found lots of nice and nasty stuff then.
Oil = money and money = weapons. The big lesson that most of the western world got from WWII was it is better to fight a little war then a big one.
That is why Nato went into Serbia with the US's help and the UK, US and other nations went into Afghanistan and Iraq. Is that lesson still valid? I don't know.
As too the US vs the world?
You have drank way to much koolaid.
Most of the world sure isn't fighting the US. While the press shakes a finger at the US the actual governments just shake their head in public and behind closed doors are probably glad that it is happening.
Yea you will get some venting on Slashdot about how evil the US is but those people are not in political power.

Pointless invention. (5, Funny)

iamapizza (1312801) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788229)

What, nobody uses Google Earth anymore?

Re:Pointless invention. (0)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788367)

PLEASE tell me this was an attempt at humor. GE uses old overhead imagery, not real-time ground-level video. We do use GE in the intelligence community though, quite extensively actually.

Re:Pointless invention. (1)

iamapizza (1312801) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788563)

Ah... Hello and welcome to Slashdot?

Re:Pointless invention. (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788629)

We?

Re:Pointless invention. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788941)

We: a group of two or more which includes the person speaking.

Re:Pointless invention. (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788635)

You laugh, but you have no idea... Unfortunately.

Pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788279)

Wow, another post completely devoid of substance or news.

360 degree FOV? Nice, but on what plane? How does it orient itself? Like a weebl? Can it see straight up or only on a horizontal plane?

Video of it action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788291)

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FRmJzK9eaZA&feature=related

But... (2)

isBandGeek() (1369017) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788295)

Does it run Linux?

Re:But... (1)

afairch (56711) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788361)

Blast! you beat me to it.

Re:But... (3, Funny)

Endo13 (1000782) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788431)

Forget that. I just want to know if it will blend.

screw warfare - how about BASEBALL (5, Insightful)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788297)

If I was developing a hardened, spherical wireless camera, I'd have many more uses for it than killing people. The entertainment possibilities alone are immense. Hopefully we'll see this deployed on the field of play before the battlefield.

Re:screw warfare - how about BASEBALL (1)

Mononoke (88668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788421)

Please do us all a favor and keep it away from goats. See.

Re:screw warfare - how about BASEBALL (3, Funny)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788593)

Wow yeah baseball would be good. Is it sad that the first thing I thought of was ladies locker rooms?

Re:screw warfare - how about BASEBALL (2, Informative)

Explodicle (818405) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788663)

The problem with using one of these in a baseball is that it would have to retain a standard ball's size, weight, stiffness, and elasticity.

same theme, better story: (4, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788333)

one-eyed san francisco artist looking for the tech that will allow her to put a webcam in her eye socket:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/us_world/2008/11/15/2008-11-15_san_francisco_artist_looks_to_replace_lo.html [nydailynews.com]

Re:same theme, better story: (1)

ZerdZerd (1250080) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788915)

Umh.. why would you need 360 degree view in your eye socket?

one word: (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789085)

porn

don't underestimate the buying power of the underserved eye socket fetishist community

Re:same theme, better story: (2, Interesting)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789207)

I have been toying with the idea for a while. Not so much to have it wired into my brain but just connected via "bluetooth" or simillar method to a pocket recorder. Control would be by blinking. This would be the ultimate stealth camera. Battery life would probably suck though.

Just throw a blanket over it! (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788355)

It's nice, but I'll wait till they come with lasers.

Re:Just throw a blanket over it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788771)

In the film D.A.R.Y.L. the kid used a piece of chewing gum to block out a camera of a plane he had stolen.

War, I'm against war! (1)

Ummite (195748) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788387)

In fact I'm totally against war. But if war has to be, this tool can be cool. You can put a remote grenade inside of this little gadget, and if there is people where it lands, you detonate it. So it's maybe a little expensive grenade, but can be pretty usefull in some situation. The cool part is that you can reuse it in case it lands where nobody was. But hey, I'm against war.

Re:War, I'm against war! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788545)

In fact I'm totally against war.

Like France?

Yes, but does it run Linux? (2, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788391)

Some old North Korean told me that in Soviet Russia, cameras grenade-launch YOU.

Mod "2005 called they want their memes back."

Re:Yes, but does it run Linux? (3, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788471)

Mod "2005 called they want their memes back."

1976 called and Richard Dawkins wants his meme meme back.

I-Ball (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788393)

::snickers immaturely::

Lemme get this straight... (2, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788463)

The US government already has flying drones with millimeter radar capable of seeing inside a hardened bunker -- as in, it can see bodies and outlines some several feet through concrete and steel. Why not just use those? If you're close enough to throw a grenade toward the target, they're likely close enough to blow you away too, and if I'm taking a bullet in the butt risk, wouldn't it make sense to throw something that could kill them before they kill me?

"Holy Allah, they're throwing webcams at us! We must flee!"

Puh-leze.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (1)

schnikies79 (788746) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788527)

You can launch one of these grenades in a matter of moments. A flying drone might be 300mi away and sitting on a runway.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788953)

Well, that's poor planning... Some of these drones can fit in a backpack.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (2, Insightful)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788757)

Uh, because UAVs are hideously expensive maybe? And because we don't have enough to support every squad in theater simultaneously? This would be much cheaper and easier to deploy than multi-million dollar UAVs that require extensive logistics to maintain.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788867)

Sounds like a development and production cost problem to me. I don't see why it takes millions of dollars to build an airplane with a webcam on it... People make RF controlled hobby planes with the same all the time, and they do it for less than a grand each. The problem with most military product development is it's made by committee, for one, and for two... Everything made has to be a swiss army knife. It's just not good enough if it doesn't have a kitchen sink in it.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (2, Insightful)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789217)

Sounds like someone talking out of their ass to me.

Tell you what, why don't you start up your own company and start selling these cheap UAV's you can make to the military. Get back to us when you become rich and famous, OK?

People make RF controlled planes all the time. People don't make UAV drones capable of being flown from the other side of the world for up to 24 hours at a stretch all the time.

When they can, call me. Better yet, call the Air Force.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (1)

Chyeld (713439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789143)

Perhaps because you aren't going to have a UAV watching over your shoulder every day you go out on patrol.

Perhaps because when you get into a situation where you are having to clean out a building manually and don't have time for some one to get a UAV out there, you'd like to know if the next room is full of non-coms or actual hostiles before you start wasting ammo and native goodwill by filling it full of death.

"Hey! We are in Iraq, every motherfucking towel wearing asshole must be out to kill us here, shoot them all!"

Please!

You sound like Dirty Harry's illegitimate love child with Joe McCarthy.

Re:Lemme get this straight... (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789213)

Ummm... Are you on drugs? This is a discussion about safe and effective ways to do surveillance in an area, not towels, ammo, Dirty Harry, and anti-communist sentiments.

Terrahawks (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788651)

Have they finally developed real-life Zeroids?

Damn that's all we need.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25788735)

paparazzi with weapons.

Commercial Applications (4, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788737)

I see televised golf tournaments becoming much more interesting.

I want these with RADAR-DETECTION (1)

mi (197448) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788761)

I want a bunch of disposable ones, that I can shoot ahead from my car, when approaching a hill or a curve on the road. Instead of live video, though, it would alert me of a speed-trap ahead... If they could make these to cost, say, $5 a pop, the cost of a road-trip from Boston to New York can really come down in cost...

Re:I want these with RADAR-DETECTION (1)

Em Ellel (523581) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789137)

I want a bunch of disposable ones, that I can shoot ahead from my car, when approaching a hill or a curve on the road. Instead of live video, though, it would alert me of a speed-trap ahead... If they could make these to cost, say, $5 a pop, the cost of a road-trip from Boston to New York can really come down in cost...

Thats a lot of corners fom Boston to NYC - at $5 a pop that'll be pricey. I think better tool would be a GPS-RadarDetector-3G Data combo device (can use BT cell phone for data feed) that can detect radars and pass information to central db and thus to all local users.

-Em

Bindun before by Brookmyre (1)

drunkenoafoffofb3ta (1262668) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788779)

This is straight out of chapter one of Christopher Brookmyre's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an eye. http://www.amazon.com/All-Games-Until-Somebody-Loses/dp/0316725234 [amazon.com]

As seen on TV (1)

Em Ellel (523581) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789009)

There was some cop show recently where a swat team used a similar device, except it also had RC controlled weight inside so that they could roll it via remote. Forgot which show, but I doubt its not based on a real device.

Re:As seen on TV (1)

Em Ellel (523581) | more than 5 years ago | (#25789063)

There was some cop show recently where a swat team used a similar device, except it also had RC controlled weight inside so that they could roll it via remote. Forgot which show, but I doubt its not based on a real device.

The show was Flashpoint. Guess Canadians have better gear than US....

-Em

Invented by Christopher Brookmyre (1)

MosesJones (55544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25788845)

In his book "All fun and games until somebody loses an eye" [brookmyre.co.uk] he has exactly this piece and its embedded in a gel to make it stick to surfaces.

Top author, but I doubt he is getting royalties for this.

Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25789237)

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