For many people the possibility of having X-ray vision sounds like the fastest way to make their inner child’s dreams come true. If until recently that was possible only in movies and books, now the concept of X-ray vision is slowly becoming a reality in a MIT laboratory.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a software that is able to recognize human shapes through walls and even track their every move. This software uses some variations found in radio signals.
The technology is not meant for playing though. The software will be used in order to keep an eye on babies or elders. It could also have a more serious and important role, to be used in the army and police as a strategic tool. Especially when it comes to situations where there are hostages , the device will be of huge help and lives will be spared.
Fadel Adib, one of the researchers advised us to see it as an advanced camera. He went on and said that it’s a sensor that can observe people and all you need to do is point in their direction.
The research began 3 years ago, in 2012 and it all started with researchers wondering if they could use wireless signals to see in other spaces or rooms. When their little experiment was positive they started questioning if it was possible to detect the precise movements of a person standing on the other side of the wall.
The person’s movements can be observed on a screen. A red dot is seen were the person is and when the human moves, the dot moves as well. The signals are able to calculate the person’s breathing and the rate of the heart. He can also be identified by the particularities of his skeleton.
The person can remain oblivious to the tracking because he/she don’t have to wear anything in order to be tracked. If it’s an elder for example like a mother or grandmother, you won’t hurt her feelings by telling her that you feel the need to track her in order to be relaxed. If something bad happens to the tracked person, you will be noticed immediately by email or a text.
Researchers are currently trying to make the gadget smaller and want to develop it in order to be accessed from a smartphone app. X-ray vision is slowly becoming a reality, set to be launched in 2017 and sold for approximately 300$.
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