The future of warfare is much closer than we think, according to a report from Futurism.com, which details how technology is close to making hiding behind walls or within structures during combat totally obsolete. A new radar-based military device called the Xaver 1000 can now give soldiers on the ground the ability to literally see through walls, detecting human beings moving within structures with an accuracy never before seen. The technology was developed by the Israeli-based Camero-Tech, an imaging solutions firm that has been working on the logistics of ‘Sense Through The Wall’ (or STTW) technology for years. Their products are available on the market today, as this video on the company’s YouTube page shows. Released over a year ago, this simpler version of the Xaver 1000, dubbed the Xaver LR80, is currently available for purchase from the company. Prices (or requirements for purchase) are not readily available.
According to The Business Insider, the new Xaver 1000 was unveiled earlier this month at Eurosatury 2022, a defense and security exhibition in Paris, France. According to the company’s website, the Xaver 1000 is a significant upgrade from their previous designs, as the military device is easier to carry into combat and is user-friendly. It also provides real-time, 3D images of hostile individuals behind walls and concealed within structures, which would give soldiers a decided advantage on the battlefield. It is now available to order, although it looks like the company is limiting purchases to military, law enforcement, and search-and-rescue firms.
Billed as a military device that can provide “an unprecedented situational awareness 3D visual picture,” the Xaver 1000 can distinguish between stationary and moving individuals, and can even tell if the “live object” is a soldier or an animal. The imaging is so precise, that it can even tell if a person is standing, sitting, or lying down, and even distinguish body parts. While it has the potential to keep soldiers out of harm’s way by literally seeing the enemy behind walls, it has non-military applications, as mentioned before. The tech could be used in disaster situations, helping to locate and identify human beings trapped within the rubble, for example. It could also be a serious privacy issue, especially if the technology is available to the public.
In both hostage and combat situations, the tech could make “breaching” structures much safer and more precise, protecting soldiers and law enforcement, while reducing the possibility of civilian casualties. The Xaver 1000, according to the company website, weighs only 36 pounds, sets up quickly, and can even transmit data to other soldiers or authorities, with the use of WiFi. Unlike heat-based motion detection, this new military device uses pulse-based, ultra-wideband radar waves, and an AI algorithm to see through walls from more than 100 feet away. It sounds like the type of technology seen in movies like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Eraser, although that film was made nearly 20 years before the tech became a practical reality.
The problem with such technology is the possible misuse and privacy issues. Although designed to be used as a military device or a search-and-rescue tool, it could also be used to spy on private citizens without their consent, or even without government or judicial oversight. We have already seen how drones could be used to invade a person’s privacy and track their actions without their knowledge. This sort of tech could make every inch of a person’s home visible to anyone using the device. Camero-Tech is currently not releasing public comments on its products.