Can I just say.....
Will we now get Happy Capping vids ?
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Excellent!! Just as the yoof of today seem to be starting to tire of the 'happy slapping' craze, now they can indulge in a 'happy shooting spree' instead...the wonders of modern technology, eh?
How long before we start to see lots of wonderful footage of 'victims' on YouTube / LiveLeak, i wonder?
El Reg should be offering a prize to the first person who takes this through hand baggage from the US to the UK and back to the US.
No prize awarded if you are detained/held in a cell, shipped off to a military based on an island just off the US, shot with a real gun...
Prize doubled if you have a tan complexion, prize tripled if you have a tan complexion and a middle-eastern accent with a large dark beard.
Should be good in court for defending police officers who are blamed for everything, and prosecuting those people that said they didn't do it, weren't there at the time.
But it will only be like an asbo, something to use and something to be proud of for scum to show off and compare.
Think of the effectiveness this could have for law enforcement.
If police have to use deadly force, the situation could be recorded and reviewed. If a lawsuit arises in which it's claimed the police fired wrongfully and without cause. Said resulting video could be used to support or condemn the actions of said firing officer.
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What happens when it records an "accidental" shooting, like in a cockpit of an airplane. I can hear it now:
"Hey Clyde, look at this neat gun I can have."
"You shouldn't play with that <bang> thing. Too late, never mind".
"How do we hide this from the bosses....."
Another star is born. See the Darwin award in living color!
I've been saying for ages that every armed police officer should have a camera on their weapon (and possibly on their person) so that the officer can instantly justify their actions - or be done for genuine f-ups. Everyone can see exactly what happened instead of just relying on what other people saw and heard. No false accusations.
Didn't our planes have cameras on them during WW2 to take pics when they opened fire - it's taken this long to apply the technology to handguns?
Anybody remember the two Space Operas by AE Van Vogt? The weapons on sale in the Weapon Shops would only fire in self defense.
Can't do that, but a Gun/GPS/Camera/Fingerprint combo might go a long way. Add WiFi, so the data is sent to the cops instantly.
This isn't my coat - mine has the shoulder holster.
"""Didn't our planes have cameras on them during WW2 to take pics when they opened fire - it's taken this long to apply the technology to handguns?"""
And an aeroplane is the same size and price as a hand gun. Just because it worked in one situation doesn't mean that it'll scale. I'm sure you could have slapped a nice 8mm camera to a pistol, but would it be at all useful? Would the mechanics in a film video camera stand up to the shock of firing? Would you even be able to draw it with that additional weight?
Admittedly this hardware has probably been possible for a while now, but your argument with WW2 is complete crap.
Plus I'm sure even this camera would get in the way / be heavy and make the cop's weapons less effective, plus it'd cost more, and they'd need to be maintained, etc. The lawsuits are probably less money and time, plus that funding probably doesn't come out of the police equipment budget, which I imagine is somewhat strained in most cases.
And requiring that all guns have some sort of massive electronics package attached and functioning is pretty unrealistic as well. Just something that won't happen for plenty of reasons. There'd probably be some sort of a rebellion (using all the older weapons) against legislation like that in this country...
I agree it's a bit bulky, but if people can see a benefit in this type of technology (police I'd guess) then it would be easy to reduce it in size and integrate it into the design of the weapon (a bit like the LaserMax sight that fits into the guide rod).
From a photography point of view it will definitely prevent those annoying "hand in front of lens" shots; well the second time anyway.
From a newspaper report I read yesterday, the camera allegedly starts "shooting" as the weapon is drawn from its holster, so it will show everything from that moment.
This only records half of the event however. One of the things that is usually asked is "was the officer correct to draw his weapon" - this won't provide those answers and still leaves the officer vulnerable in a court case. Nearly there, but not quite.
I'd suggest building the camera into a headset or something, should cover everything. Unless there are people out there who can shoot a crim without pointing their head in that general direction!
@A J Stiles - sounds brilliant, we can have armed response units with truncheons and CS gas tackling armed criminals then? Recipe for success right there... It ain't perfect, but I don't think the police saying "we'll not have guns from now on" followed by a plea to the baddies to follow suit will work at the moment!
the one thing I've noticed about police in action when they have their guns drawn is that they tend to move pretty fast.. then all that movement at the end of your arm would be magnified even more. So unless the camera has a pretty high frame rate all you are gonna see is a blur.. especially when combined with the kick of the bullet leaving the barrel..
does this thing have image stabilization like the steady cams that the movie studios use?