The co-founder of Oculus Rift Palmer Luckey is working on a solution for guarding the United States-Mexico border using virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and a few tall towers. The technology behind the "virtual border wall" was announced last year but new details about Luckey's new tech were revealed Monday.
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Luckey's company Anduril Industries is boasting a surveillance system called Lattice that could survey the motion of potential illegal immigrants from up to two miles away. Lattice is based on well-established security technologies which employ a combination of cameras, LIDAR, and infrared sensors to capture images of the border.
Artificial intelligence then analyzes the data and determines if the object is a tumbleweed, a car, an animal, or a person, based on a host of factors such as gait. Luckey says the artificial intelligence behind the Lattice has been developed and nearly perfected by computer vision experts over the course of several years. The AI is so powerful, it can even bypass the need for expensive zoom lenses and thermal detectors that other border security startups require.
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Author Stephen Levy donned a Samsung Gear VR headset during a Lattice demo and he was shown a direct video feed of the border, in real time. If anything moved at all in the image, such as a human, a vehicle, or an animal, the system automatically highlighted the object and gave an alert as to the probability of certainty that it has correctly identified the object, all in real time. The revolutionary new tech has already helped border agents catch 55 people and seize 982 pounds of marijuana.
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