By Tyler Burkett ‘16
CHICAGO – It’s hard not to sense the palpable excitement in the air when you talk to attendees of the Police Officer Equipment Convention about the latest technology from TASER International, a designer of police cameras and other police equipment.
TASER’s latest technological breakthrough will capture every second of police work in stunning 4k. Joe Tenbaum, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, raved about the technology after attending a sneak peak event: “The picture quality will make you feel like you’re right there with the cop. As a result, you truly start to grasp how good these guys are at their job. Even in brilliant 4k, I couldn’t tell why Officer Dently pulled over this 25 year old African American man, which demonstrates Dently’s incredible capabilities to sense potential crime.”
Richie Jefferson, a writer for TechCrunch, was also invited to the live demo: “At first, I thought the always-on, video technology would help bring much needed transparency to Police Officer’s actions. However, when reviewing video of Officer Morston detaining a 12 year-old drinking a root beer float outside of a Dairy Queen, it became clear that officers truly do see crime that the layman cannot see, like a superhero. To me, it looked like nice Hispanic kid enjoying a root beer float after a long day at summer school. Based on Morston’s aggressive approach, he saw a potential threat. It was like I was watching that Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report.”
Beyond the high quality video features, what’s the camera’s killer feature? TASER’s 4th version of the camera, which is going to be piloted starting in January, contains ActiveDetect® technology. ActiveDetect® uses a really dumbed-down version of machine learning algorithms to stop recording if the camera detects that the officer is overstepping his or her bounds. Officer Dently was clearly giddy when he explained the benefit of ActiveDetect®: “I will no longer need to live in fear while trying to do my job.”
Tyler is a second year that can’t help but watch police videos in horror on the internet