X-ray vision for real-world heroes


An Israeli startup’s invention will let rescue workers see through walls — and save lives.

Source: Cnn Money

The saver
Camero’s device, the Xaver (pronounced “saver”) 800, emits an ultra-wideband signal that travels through plaster, brick, and even reinforced concrete. It then calculates the distance and orientation of everything on the other side–people, furniture, weapons–in real time. “A rescue worker can locate trapped people in a matter of seconds,” says Camero CEO Aharon Aharon. Dense walls reduce Xaver’s maximum viewing distance of 26 feet, but Aharon predicts that within five years, new technology will enable the device to see as far as 300 feet into a building.

Camero isn’t the only company trying to commercialize X-ray vision. Alabama-based Time Domain sells a $33,000 gadget called RadarVision2 that displays moving objects as radarlike blips. But the Xaver pieces together a full three-dimensional image of each person it locates.

Investment choices
Motorola corporate VP for equity investments Warren Holtsberg, who funds fewer than 25 new companies a year, passed on Time Domain but bankrolled Camero, saying it delivers “better picture quality than any other through-wall imaging company.” Camero attracted $6.6 million from four investors in 2004, and expects to ship the $100,000-plus Xaver by year’s end to police departments and rescue workers eligible to buy it under FCC regulations. The company also plans to sell a stripped-down version (shorter range, lower resolution) for as little as $25,000. Not cheap, but for many–Aharon says he has eager clients in Europe, Israel, and the United States–it’s a small price to pay to see behind closed doors.

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Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Ezewas a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.
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Eze Vidra

Eze is the Chief Innovation Officer at Antidote, a startup helping patients search and match to clinical trial, to accelerate medical breakthroughs. Previously, Eze was a General Partner at Google Ventures Europe. Before GV, Eze founded and led Campus London, Google's first physical hub for startups, and was the Head Google for Entrepreneurs in Europe. He's an experienced product manager and startup mentor. In 2012 Eze founded Techbikers, a non-for profit supporting children education in developing countries.