DHS Testing 360-Degree Video Camera

You might think the British have it bad, being caught on CCTV camera up to 300 times a day each—but this new 360-degree video camera is being tested by the US Department of Homeland Security right now.

The idea is that the Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance (or ISIS, for short) will capture all angles of the crime being committed underneath, with the video being stitched together automatically much like panoramic photos on a digital camera. Video footage will be ultra-high-res, with the 100MP image sensor being "as detailed as 50 full-HDTV movies playing at once, with optical detail to spare," according to the DHS' Science and Technology Directorate's Infrastructure and Geophysical Division's program manager Dr. John Fortune.

It's been put through the ranks at Boston's Logan airport since the tail-end of 2009, but the DHS is now working on a smaller version able to shoot in even higher resolution. Those 100-megapixels not enough, eh? [DHS via CNET]