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Would Body Cams Have Saved Walter Scott?

The North Charleston Police Department recently received approval to implement the video technology, potentially preventing the fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

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A shaky cellphone video taken by a bystander capturing the final moments of 50-year-old Walter L. Scott was enough to expose the deceit in Officer Michael Slager’s dispatch, in which he tries to justify firing eight bullets at the fleeing black man.

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Keeping Cops Honest with Body-Mounted Cameras

San Francisco is just the latest city to try giving cops personal, ear-mounted cameras to keep everyone on their best behavior.

It's hard to know when police officers are doing their jobs well. There are real cases of racial profiling and police brutality, but at the same time, cops do deal with difficult and dangerous people, and sometimes have to make split-second life-or-death decisions. So how do we better identify—and minimize—true cases of police misconduct? Video cameras, perhaps.

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Amazing Billion-Pixel Images See Everything

A team at Columbia University is making cameras that can take billion-pixel photos, and the results look amazing.


Researchers at Columbia University are at work on a single snapshot "gigapixel" camera, which would give users 1,000 times the amount of visual information than your standard megapixel point-and-shoot. As you can see in the prototype image above, in which you can easily make out a man on a boat from almost 900 meters away, the possibilities for fine-art photography would be many. But the researchers also have military capabilities in mind.

Gigapixel technology is still too expensive, bulky, and technologically advanced to mass produce (a 10-gigapixel image would eat 30 gigabytes of a hard drive), but once it's out, expect your privacy to diminish rapidly.

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