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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Robotic Cameras

A comment by Patrix in the previous post made me think about robotic cameras. I believe that these will important in the next twenty years in many areas:
1. Remote controlled cameras will allow photography in the most hostile environment and in the very worst weather conditions. They will be able to be everywhere so that a thousand eyes will hunt for the elusive prey and then the operator will move the camera (on wheels or on a tractor tread) to the optimal location. The operator will never have to leave the comfort of his own apartment.
2. These cameras will make the safari even more assessable and more successful. How many people have gone to the wild animal preserve and never saw the lion or the tiger? In twenty years, it will never happen again. The robots will always know where the animals are. And if you cannot afford the trip to the Serengeti, you can rent a robot and go on safari from your own p.c.
3. Guerilla warfare will become as obsolete as the bayonet charge. Robots will find the guerilla hiding in the jungle or in the cave easily. The guerilla’s only hope will be urban warfare.
4. In fact, in the distant future, people won’t fight people. Armies will send their robots out to fight their enemy’s robots. Once one robot army is defeated the country will immediately surrender because you won’t stand a chance against a billion robots.
5. I wonder if people will allow a million robotic cameras to perform surveillance on society to prevent terrorism, crime, and driving faster than the posted speed limits.

What are your opinions on the future of robotic cameras?


  • *can't even afford a snapshooter*

    #4 made me giggle. I hope it won't come to such a cliche ;]

    Nanotech, I say.

    By Blogger fyn scarlet reed, at 1:12 PM  

  • maybe......but there may not be lions or tigers on safari.....:-)

    By Blogger Sunil, at 3:42 PM  

  • As a student of Image Processing and Machine Vision, am dissapointed that most people don't really know what is possible today. Give us some credit - we can do all that you have mentioned and have been able to do this for the past several years.

    By Blogger Nilu, at 2:30 PM  

  • Check out the draganfly website. Their cameras are not robotic, but very lightweight dynamically stablilized helicopter cams. In principle, though, this could be controlled via computer so that it was autonomous. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.

    By Blogger Robin St. John, at 9:26 PM  

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