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It could be used in rescue missions, police searches and even video games

Have you always wanted X-ray vision? MIT researchers have developed something similar, but not exactly what you remember from Superman comics.

An MIT research team -- led by Dina Katabi, a professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science -- has developed a low-power and portable device that allows you to detect people through walls and closed doors.

The new system is called "Wi-Vi," and it differs from other X-ray vision-like devices because it doesn't require equipment that is too large to carry, and it doesn't require a part of the electromagnetic spectrum reserved only for the military.

Wi-Vi, as you can probably guess from its name, is capable of transmitting a low-power Wi-Fi signal to track moving beings on the other side of a wall.

It works like this: Wi-Vi uses two transmit antennas and one receiver. Both antennas transmit the same signals, except one is the inverse of the other. This means that they cancel each other out when they hit static objects, because they create identical reflections. However, when a person is moving on the other side of the wall, the reflections change according to the movement. Put more simply, when the reflections are identical, its a static object; when they change, it's a moving person, thus can be detected through a wall and distinguished from objects like a table.  

As a person moves around the room on the other side of the wall, their distance from the receiver also changes, and the system calculates where they are based on the time it takes for the reflected signal to hit the person and travel back to the receiver.

This new tech could have a wide range of uses, such as rescuers trying to find people trapped in a disaster area; police searching a building for criminals; video game gestures, and even the general public for when they're walking in dangerous areas or at night. 

Source: MIT News

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RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By DaveLessnau on 7/2/2013 12:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
And, on the other side of things, burglars will just love it too. Now they can easily see if anyone is up and about in a house.

Tin-foil hats aren't enough these days. Now we need to enclose our houses in Faraday cages.

Ain't science grand?

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By Ammohunt on 7/2/2013 12:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
Don't the use chicken wire as a base for stucco houses? I have tin siding on my house. Next house will be underground i guess...

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By jRaskell on 7/2/2013 1:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Fill your house with fans, then it'll look like the place is full of people to any potential burglar.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By Shig on 7/2/2013 2:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Security is going to be a very lucrative business. If this exists, there will be a company with a service to sell you that blocks it.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By Shig on 7/2/2013 2:08:37 PM , Rating: 2
A "personal firewall" if you will.

By ClownPuncher on 7/3/2013 2:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
Like FaceBlock? I'm glad I invested in them before they got big.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By ven1ger on 7/2/2013 3:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
Aluminium wallpaper...I think I better patent it.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By ven1ger on 7/2/2013 3:29:22 PM , Rating: 2
Also will have to patent aluminium based paint.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By tng on 7/2/2013 3:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
Also will have to patent aluminum based paint.
It is already out there. Not sure if it is aluminum or not, but I have seen paint that is designed to block Wi-Fi signals, just in case you have nosy neighbors.

RE: Wide Variety of Uses Indeed
By AntDX316 on 7/5/2013 6:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
shut down

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