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Bounce Imaging Ball Camera To Help Emergency Services

Bounce Imaging Ball Camera To Help Emergency Services - Bounce Imaging have launched a new ball camera that can help the emergency services check for danger.

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A new ball shaped camera could help police and firefighters in the future.

This camera has a rubberised coating, enabling it to bounce around without breaking. It is designed to give the emergency services a view of the room without actually entering the building, to check for any danger in the room.

It could inform police of anything potentially dangerous, from a criminal with a weapon to an unsafe structure due to an earthquake or fire.

The ball is made by US start up company Bounce Imaging, and it features six cameras that send a 360 degree image straight to a smartphone or other smart enabled device.

It is also equipped with several sensors, so that invisible dangers, such as carbon monoxide in the air and the level of oxygen in the room can be measured to make sure that it is safe to enter. Sensors can be personalised according to the job the ball is doing.

The ball should retail for around £319, which is a lot cheaper than any other equivalent products on the market.

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7 Nov 2012 3:33PM
As a concept this is brilliant. Anything that makes saving lives more achievable has to be welcomed. I'd be interested to know how they overcome the problem of 'screening' which has been a persistent radio comms problem at incidents.

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cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 Nov 2012 7:29PM
Interesting concept, Though I seriously doubt emergency services will grab it.....!!!

There are many many red tape issues regarding the kit used by UK emergency services.

Just for starters there is the Intrinsic Safety theme, Loads of others to....!

Chucking a rubber ball into a blazing room, Opps, Chucking a rubber ball into a room full of gas....???

Just see the look of terror in the terrorists eye's, When the swat squad start throwing rubber balls at them......Grin
7 Nov 2012 8:17PM

Quote:Interesting concept, Though I seriously doubt emergency services will grab it.....!!!

There are many many red tape issues regarding the kit used by UK emergency services.

Just for starters there is the Intrinsic Safety theme, Loads of others to....!

Chucking a rubber ball into a blazing room, Opps, Chucking a rubber ball into a room full of gas....???

Just see the look of terror in the terrorists eye's, When the swat squad start throwing rubber balls at them......Grin



You make some valid points. What if the device was made of high temperature silicone rubber? Would it be ok in a fire long enough to allow an initial assessment to be made? (Cake moulds designed for use in an oven regularly get submitted to quite high temps). Intrinsic safety can be achieved in a variety of ways depending on the specified working environment. With the sensors fitted the device will likely give better/quicker information than say a gas detector which may require calibration. I've no idea what a SWAT squad does but I'd be willing to bet that they would be delighted to get a look into a space before making an entry. I read elsewhere that the Bounce Imaging Ball has won financial support beating off other novel schemes - I wouldn't dismiss it just yet.

PS I have no interest financial or otherwise in this product.
cameracat 10 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 Nov 2012 10:15PM

Quote:PS I have no interest financial or otherwise in this product


LOL...Same here, After 20 years working for the London Fire Brigade ( 1970 to 1990 ) I tend to be a sceptical about new gizmo's, That said I was very sceptical of the first trials with Thermal imaging cameras back in the mid 70's, But if you had seen the size of the prototypes, You would be sceptical too.....Grin The very idea of a guy wearing breathing apparatus scrabbling through a smoke filled building, Whilst holding a thing the size of a suitcase over his head.....Did nothing to quell the skepticism......Wink

Though we could see the potential, All history now....Smile As they are pretty much standard kit.

For sure I'd be the first to welcome new safety gear for our emergency services, But its wise not to let the makers rush of with the idea your to keen......LOL...Smile Tends to make the retail prices go wild.....!!!

Who knows, Next up might be the bouncy thermal image camera, Would be more useful for firefighters, As a standard video camera would be blinded by smoke in a fire situation....Sad

I'm not rushing to buy shares though.....Wink

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