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03-10-2008, 12:26 PM
I love it.

Link (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,336287,00.html)

Monday, March 10, 2008

By Jonathan Leake

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LONDON A camera that can see through people's clothing at distances of up to 80 feet has been developed to help detect weapons, drugs and explosives.

The camera could be deployed in railway stations, shopping centers and other public spaces.

Although it can see objects under clothes, its designers say the images do not show anatomical details. However, it is likely to increase fears that Britain has become a surveillance society.

The new technology, known as the T5000 system, has attracted interest from police forces, train companies and airport operators as well as government agencies.

It has been developed by ThruVision, an Oxfordshire-based company spun out from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, one of the British government's leading physics research centers.

It was designed for use in spacecraft and astronomy but researchers soon realized that cameras capable of seeing through clouds of cosmic dust could also see through clothing.

Computer Uses Brain Scans to Read Minds This week the camera will be displayed at the Home Office scientific development branch's annual exhibition, Britain's premier showcase for security equipment, to be held on an RAF airbase in Buckinghamshire.

ThruVision already offers a smaller system designed for office foyers that can scan through clothing at a range of 30 to 40 feet.

This has been used at the Canary Wharf complex in east London, which is home to several global banks and is regarded as a target for terrorists. The Dubai Mercantile Exchange has a similar installation.

The system can be linked to a computer so that it can automatically scan anyone passing and alert its human operator to anything suspicious.

Clive Beattie, ThruVision's chief executive, said: "Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally. The T5000 dramatically extends the range over which we can scan people."

Bill Foster, the president of Thermal Matrix, an American defense contractor specializing in imaging systems for the U.S. military, is one customer. He said: "This could be deployed at major sporting events, concerts and rail stations as well as for military use."

The technology works by detecting and measuring terahertz waves, or T-waves for short. These are a form of electromagnetic radiation, emitted by all people and objects that lie between the infrared and microwave parts of the spectrum.

The waves from any given material also carry a distinctive signature, offering the potential to distinguish Semtex plastic explosive from modeling clay and cocaine from sugar.

Mr. Laz
03-10-2008, 12:27 PM

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03-10-2008, 12:52 PM

Rain Man
03-10-2008, 01:03 PM

Mr. Plow
03-10-2008, 01:06 PM
Although it can see objects under clothes, its designers say the images do not show anatomical details.

I had my checkbook out and everything.

03-10-2008, 01:08 PM

03-10-2008, 01:10 PM
welcome to 40 years ago.

03-10-2008, 01:17 PM
:DWHERE CAN I GET ONE???????????

03-10-2008, 01:19 PM
We had these in college. They're called "beer goggles".

03-10-2008, 01:22 PM
I'll state the obvious... worthless without pics!:eek::D

03-10-2008, 01:28 PM


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03-10-2008, 02:11 PM
Total Recall

03-10-2008, 02:34 PM
Big Brother is watching.

03-10-2008, 02:35 PM
Now all these old women are going to be looking at our crotches.

03-10-2008, 02:44 PM
They already do....

03-10-2008, 02:50 PM
anyone ever have strange dreams?

i read this article yesterday and last night i dreamt i was driving around and saw the first local installations of these cameras. they were on bannister around farley and longview pkwy, and on up into the townhomes there. they were more dense in the townhomes, obviously to cut down on crime there. they were attached to the exterior walls.
the units looked like red flourescent ringlights about 3' in diameter with what looked like a high-voltage bug zapper in the middle, constantly producing electric arcs. those must be the T-waves generators. i didn't get close enough to see the actual camera lenses, but it was creepy. there seemed to be one above every doorway.

03-10-2008, 02:56 PM


So it will be able to detect lesbians at music festivals?

03-10-2008, 03:50 PM
So it will be able to detect lesbians at music festivals?

Have you had a hard time detecting them?

03-10-2008, 03:54 PM
Now all these old women are going to be looking at our crotches.

Got something to be embarrassed about???? ROFL