Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Would you like a 1.8 gigapixel camera?

You always want a camera with more megapixels don't you? US DARPA researchers have created a 1.8 gigapixel camera for use on surveillance drones. The Verge reports the drone, named Argus-IS after a 100 eyed ancient Greek monster, can observe an area half the size of Manhattan and track moving objects as small as six inches from 20,000 feet. However, monitoring all those images and video will be a Big Data challenge - it will generate 6,000 terabytes or 6 petabytes of data a day.