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  • iPhone App For the Revolution: Land Mine Locator



    I'm not sure this in the App Store or Cydia yet, but Harvard researchers are developing smartphone applications to assist in the detecting of landmines.

    In 2008 nearly 5,000 people died because of landmines despite 500,000 landmines being properly removed. To help curb these statistics Harvard researchers are developing the pattern enhancement tool for assisting land mine sensing or PETALS. Land mine detection technology hasn't changed much in the last 50 years. It still involves a metal detector and manually disabling the mine. Technicians essentailly wait till the detector beeps because something metal is underneath and then attempt to determine if it is in fact a mine. The main problem with this technique, there is a ton of metal %^&* in the ground to give false detections.

    Harvard researchers aim to solve this problem with PETALS. The application receives data from the metal detector and creates a visualization of the spatial pattern below. This reduces judgement calls and guessing for technicians and mine locating novices alike. Ideally the application makes landmine locating much more efficient and safe. Then again thats like saying we've developed technology to make bull-riding more efficient and safe. There is always going to be a level of inherent danger.

    Source: PETALS
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone App For the Revolution: Land Mine Locator started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      5000 people!?! That's a lot for mines..

      Not sure how this will play out but we shall see
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Hmmm don't know if I need this in Utah
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      That's completely idiotic! Why would I bring my iPhone to a landmine?! It might get hurt!
    1. Kewlk1d's Avatar
      Kewlk1d -
      It seems like they would make an individual device for this instead making an app, I doubt many people bring iPhones to minefields
    1. tjb5099's Avatar
      tjb5099 -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      That's completely idiotic! Why would I bring my iPhone to a landmine?! It might get hurt!


      Quoted for truth

      ~Tim
    1. lucas70374's Avatar
      lucas70374 -
      I with above don't want my iPhone to get hurt
    1. Wesss's Avatar
      Wesss -
      Sooner or later the iPhone is going to be able to give impressive blowjobs.
    1. cowburnator's Avatar
      cowburnator -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wesss View Post
      Sooner or later the iPhone is going to be able to give impressive blowjobs.
      Can't wait!!!
    1. DeathDude's Avatar
      DeathDude -
      I really could use this!
      Landmines are a constant pest of my daily life.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Oh, how technology presses on...... Sometimes for the best, and sometimes for "whatever seems interesting".....
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      I dont think I would trust a phone to help detect a land mine
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      This app is probably going to cost an arm and a leg

    1. luketinsley's Avatar
      luketinsley -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigliquid530 View Post
      I dont think I would trust a phone to help detect a land mine
      It's not detecting the mine, all it's doing is turning what the metal detector sees into an image on your phone to help the user determine if it's a mine. Genius if you ask me
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      That's awesome! Too bad there are no land mines in Oklahoma lol.


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    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      This app is probably going to cost an arm and a leg

      XP


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    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      Okay, so how about this... Why the F$@& are they not just using robots yet? Hey, here's an app that makes it safer. We could make it 100% safe, but that might cost money and your life is dispensable, sorry. Seriously, when the hell are we going to start making sense. We make robots to replace workers in a factory because it's more efficient, but not to remove landlines and save lives. Why don't we just hand the world over to the machines and start drinking the kool-aid? People are definitely their own downfall.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by luketinsley View Post
      It's not detecting the mine, all it's doing is turning what the metal detector sees into an image on your phone to help the user determine if it's a mine. Genius if you ask me
      haha thanks for clarifying that. the first thing I thought was "hmm...detecting an explosive device with a device that emits/receives RF signals...I don't know if that's a good idea."
    1. Giorgio79's Avatar
      Giorgio79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      That's completely idiotic! Why would I bring my iPhone to a landmine?! It might get hurt!
      Hahaha
    1. Cdaniels0's Avatar
      Cdaniels0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DeathDude View Post
      I really could use this!
      Landmines are a constant pest of my daily life.
      Lol
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Yes! I hate when I accidentally step on land mines