This may not be a hardcore PC enthusiast news blip, but it's just too
radical to overlook. When you think of Sprint
, you probably think of Dan
Hesse, a Simply Everything Plan, or a funky yellow logo. But do you
think of in-wall radar systems? Cambridge Consultants, known as a design
and development company, has today unveiled "Sprint," which is
described as a "prototype handheld device which provides a 3D image of
objects embedded within walls or floors." Mind you, this doesn't relate
to the Sprint you know of as the cellular carrier, but there's no doubt
some fancy communications involved here.
The "Sprint" enables an operator to rapidly form an image of subsurface
structures such as pipes and cables, as well as detecting items of
interest such as concealed explosives and contraband, revolutionizing
counter-terrorism and crime prevention search techniques. Law
enforcement and security agencies are constantly facing new challenges
as criminals and terrorists look for ever more creative ways to conceal
weapons or to smuggle contraband, and the Sprint system has been
designed to tackle some of the most challenging threat detection
Unlike existing transmission x-ray systems, the radar-based Sprint
system does not require access to both sides of the object in order to
scan inside, and provides an easily interpreted image of the wall
structure, something which compact radar systems have previously not
provided. This significantly improves its application potential and can
enable much quicker deployment in scenarios where speed can be critical.
The prototype Sprint device is the equivalent size of a standard sheet
of letter paper and 15cm deep, weighing approximately 3.5kg with
batteries. It is a multi-channel system, enabling full synthetic
aperture processing, and it uses short pulses of energy with high
bandwidth to enable the short range, high resolution imaging required.
Other potential applications for the technology include industrial
inspection, technical search, counter surveillance and a range of
So, if you thought your soundproof walls were good enough to keep the spies out, well, think again.