If the floating probes used in “Prometheus” to scan and explore the caves in the film are still pure sci-fi, what current technology could come closest to it?
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has just landed in the Star section of the Disney + catalog. Among the High Tech gadgets used in the film is a floating probe, visible elsewhere in the trailer, from 1”20:
As the scientists explore the caves in the film, they use intelligent, floating probes, capable of exploring the environment and scanning it on their own, to map the locations into a 3D holographic map.
Below is a conceptual drawing of these probes used in the film, to better understand:
So certainly, we are not yet at the probes that float on their own. In fact, we can already think of Google Street View with on-board technology Google cars, which tirelessly maps urban space, using technology Immersive Media, capable of scanning and reproducing the environment at 360 °.
A car equipped with cameras drives through the streets taking images, which Google’s proprietary software assembles to give the impression of continuity. The car is also equipped with a system that captures all 4G / GSM and Wi-Fi signals in order to list them. Since June 2013, Google Street View is able to offer virtual tours in the interiors of certain buildings.
If we obviously ignore the content of the technology used by the probe in Prometheus, we could bring it closer to what NASA and the satellite ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite), which carried out topographic surveys of glaciers until 2010. A second satellite, ICESat 2, was launched in September 2018.
NASA used two satellites called GRACE and GRACE – FO, acronym for Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment and Follow On, in orbit around the Earth, launched respectively in March 2002 and May 2018. Gravity being affected by mass, the satellite can measure changes in mass and its variations over time on Earth, including the distribution of water on the surface of the globe, as well as the ice.
The maps generated monthly by GRACE are 1000 times more accurate than the maps that existed before, improving the accuracy of many techniques used by oceanographers, hydrologists, glaciologists, geologists, climatologists, and other observing scientists. natural phenomena.
When will a miniaturization of the tool as in Prometheus ?