Afraid of what lurks around the corner? Throw this camera in ahead of you.
The Explorer was invented at MIT a few years ago — and it’s now being sold by the Boston-based spin-off firm commercializing the idea, Bounce Imaging.
The softball-sized tactical sphere is equipped with multiple cameras and LED lights inside its rubber shell, which give a quick assessment of a dangerous situation. The app on a mobile device even stiches together the multiple viewpoints into one larger panoramic view.
The company is now sending out 100 Explorers to police departments nationwide. Other first responders will receive them in the near future, MIT reports. Upcoming models may also add sensors for radiation, temperature, and carbon monoxide. The base price is now about $1500.