Geek Has a Flare for Surveillance

I’m sure there’s some reason why Joshua Marpet’s invention won’t work. Or if it does work, why hidebound police departments won’t adopt it. Whether or not the Flarecam finds commercial success, you’ve got to admit that the concept of putting a miniaturized TV camera into a flare gun round for eight seconds of live video is, dare I say it, neat. “The weapon could be used by police to get an idea what the bad guys are doing,” slashgear.com reports. “The flare gun uses the Firefly single-use spy cam developed by military contractors from Israel. The device has potential use in the civilian sector as well.” By that they mean cops, right? Otherwise, what?

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  1. avatar Mark says:

    Screw trail cams, fire one of those bad boys into the woods.

  2. avatar Gossven says:

    I think it would be cool to shoot one of these up into the middle of a fireworks display.

  3. avatar RAN says:

    Let’s see what did they teach me about flares in the army….on the ground turn around, in the air stay there. I wonder how this little thing would change that strategy?

  4. avatar Brad Kozak says:

    So a blinding flash, eight seconds of pleasure, and then it fizzles. Hmm. Can’t believe nobody’s made a joke yet about sex. Ralph…you awake yet? Ralph? Anybody? Beuller?

  5. avatar Bob H says:

    Didn’t John Ringo use artillery-fired cameras in his Posleen universe sci-fi series? Apparently the idea has been around for a while.

  6. avatar Mr. Lion says:

    Marry those things with a Mk 19, and you’ve got the most amusing, and most expensive live video stream in history.

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