When watching movies, we often see actors have X-ray vision technology helping them to see through buildings to find out how many enemies they are facing. Although this technology indeed exists, it is still seems to be far-reaching.
Last month, I saw an article in Fortune magazine talking about a breakthrough technology that can peer through trees, walls and buildings. Excitingly, even though there are other motion sensors already on the market, they are not that accurate and inexpensive as Xandem’s security sensors, which use radio waves to detect motion. It will be great if this device can be employed on commercial security, by firefighters, or the police. However, it poses other questions should Xandem’s security sensors be used by criminals. For example, what if thieves were to use this device to observe unsecured construction sites or vacant properties? And, there are also privacy issues to consider.
Because the Xandem founder, Joey Wilson, observed that there was a demand for more accurate and inexpensive motion sensor technology to compete with earlier-generation motion sensors that were expensive and lacked accuracy. After my Spring 2012 “Evaluating Innovation Opportunities” class, I’ve learned that innovation opportunities come from observation, and the Xandem’s security sensor is a great example of this thought.