If you thought technology couldn’t get any faster or smaller, think again. The latest supercomputer to hit the streets isn’t an iPad, tablet, or even a smart phone. Instead, it is built right into the glasses of police officers who will soon be scouting out large crowds, scanning for criminals without ever even having to go near them. What we’re talking about here are the (seriosuly named) “RoboCop” glasses, which are named after the 1987 action film.
The glasses are equipped with a tiny camera that can scan up to 400 faces per second and instantly cross-check them against a database of known criminals and terrorists. If and when located, the glasses will flash a small red light to let the officers know who the threat is and who should be left alone.
“It’s something discreet because you do not question the person or ask for documents. The computer does it,” Maj. Leandro Pavani Agostini, chief of military police in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo, told reporters Monday.
The glasses are accurate as they compare a person’s face based on 46,000 biometric points, meaning the chances of getting a false positive are slim to none. Not only are they good for up-close scanning, but they are designed to scan up to 50 yards away at the optimal setting and can be adjusted to scan a person’s face up to 12 miles away (however, the face will be recognized at a slower pace at this distance, which is still a tiny price to pay for a piece of technology with such amazing results).
“To the naked eye, two people may appear identical, but with 46,000 points compared, the data will not be beaten,” Agostini said.
Unlike most of the futuristic gadgets and gear we usually write about, this piece of equipment has already been developed, tested, and will be used in real situations by the Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo during soccer games and concerts in the next weeks. The goal for these glasses is to have them running smoothly and have officers fully trained in their use by the next soccer World Cup, which will be held in Brazil in 2014.