ComputerVision and brainwaves merge in threat-detection binoculars

Image courtesy of DARPA

While soliders are trained to detect and recognize threats while on duty, there are certain kinds of attacks, ambushes, and other dangers that are nearly impossible to recognize before its too late. In fact, according to an article on, 47 percent of potential dangers are regularly missed by soldiers surveying scenes while on duty.

However, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a branch of the United States Department of Defense, has spent the better half of the last decade working on technology to assist soldiers.

The end result? CT2WS. This system, known official as the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System, was first proposed in 2007 by the Pentagon. Essentially it is a pair of binoculars that not only see far and wide, but also interact with the brains of soliders, and is able to detect 91 percent of threats.

How does it work? The science is complicated, but essentially, there are two parts: a video camera with a wide field of view that provides around 10 images per second, and an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap on the soldier’s head that monitors and processes brain waves. These two technologies combined are able to work faster than normal human processing to detect threats long before the human brain can pick up on them.

This blog is sponsored by ImageGraphicsVideo, a company offering ComputerVision Software Development Services.

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