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“DARPA recently revealed information on its ARGUS-IS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System), a surveillance camera that uses hundreds of smartphone image sensors to record a 1.8 gigapixel image. Designed for use in an unmanned drone (probably an MQ-1 Predator), from an altitude of 20,000 ft (6,100 m) ARGUS can keep a real-time video eye on an area 4.5 miles (7.2 km) across down to a resolution of about six inches (15 cm).”

Below appears part of an ARGUS-IS image of Quantico Naval Base in Virginia, while above appear two targeted areas that suggest the six inch resolution of the camera (Image: DARPA)

Graphic of ARGUS-IS watching ground activities (Image: DARPA)

http://www.gizmag.com/argus-is-darpa-gigapixel-camers/26078/

 

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