Cops Play Hardball With Latest High-Tech Surveillance Gadget

It’s the stuff of sci-fi action flicks, but you’ll need the skill of a softball pitcher to deploy the latest high-tech surveillance gadget. It’s called the Eye Ball R1 , a wireless camera and microphone secreted in a baseball-sized casing. The Eye Ball can be tossed into a crime scene to give police watching a tiny TV screen embedded in a handheld unit a 360-degree view of what the bad guys are up to.

Besides being tossed, the Eye Ball–encased in composite rubber and weighing 1-14 pounds, about four times the weight of a baseball–can be placed on a pole or dangled on a line to let authorities peer around corners, over fences, up and down stairwells, and in attics. When tossed or rolled, the device is designed to end upright, allowing the operator to remotely direct it toward a specific target, capturing a 55-degree horizontal and 41-degree vertical field of view. It can revolve four times a minute. Operation of the personal display pad, which features a 6.4-inch color screen, is intuitive.

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