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Lucas: Speed is everything.

Victims don't last very long when they're in a rubble pile.

As the victims have time go by,

they are less likely to survive because of injuries

or just simple entombment from dehydration, things like that.

Price: Searching for people buried in the rubble and collapsed buildings

has pretty much stayed the same for the last 30 years.

We worked in the past with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

and they came to us and they told us they developed this technology

that would use microwave radar to detect human heartbeats.

Lux: FINDER is a radar that sends a low power microwave signal through the rubble.

It looks for the very tiny reflections

caused by the motion of the victim's breathing and heartbeat.

FINDER can detect human heartbeats and breathing through 30 feet of debris

or 20 feet of solid concrete,

even if the victim's unconscious or unable to call out for help.

Working with the first responders has been the best part of doing FINDER.

We have learned so much from working with

an actual team like your Virginia Task Force One.

Bittinger: When they started initial testing with this device,

we were able to supply them with a location,

make it as realistic as possible,

test the equipment,

find out some of the things that we would like to see change.

At our suggestions they were able to integrate this into a lightweight,

waterproof container that was to military spec

that we could actually wear on our back,

because everything we take, we carry with us.

Price: We're also looking to have systems

you could actually put on the back of a vehicle,

because we're looking to be able to put one on a quad copter

and fly it over the top of the pile

and actually scan down, which is much more efficient.

Garulay: Target markets for this product would be certainly for search and rescue

in avalanches, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes,

any natural disaster and any type of FEMA-like agency

would certainly need a device like this.

Lewis: It's northwest of Katmandu, called Chautara.

And in Chautara it was decimated.

There's a number of buildings collapsed

and there were international rescue teams there.

In Nepal, FINDER was used to augment the search and rescue team.

They have a number of tools in their tool belt.

Some are K9 dogs, some are acoustic measuring systems.

Some are actual camera systems that they put down in a hole.

And FINDER was used as a way to confirm other findings.

Four people were rescued directly by FINDER.

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