These days, cameras are not only used to take pictures of weddings or our family’s special celebrations, they are now also utilized to protecting our lives and keep us away from any threat. And that’s exactly what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has done with their new Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS).
DARPA launched the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS) program in 2008 with the goal of maximizing warfighters’ awareness of their surroundings by developing man-portable visual threat detection devices.
The CT2WS is a system designed to aid the military in recognizing threats from a distance. It uses a 120-megapixel electro-optical video camera, complete with a field view of 120 degrees, to feed a computer that processes some algorithms in identifying potential targets. The video feed is then sent to a soldier in the field donning an EEG (electroencephalogram) cap, which is capable of monitoring brain signals.
By merging machine, software, and human brains, DARPA was able to bring threat detection accuracy to 91 percent. And by adding a commercial radar into the mix, the target detection percentage reaches 100 percent.
With this new technology, DARPA is positive that the CT2WS is going to save the lives of many soldiers in the future.