Seeing around corners has always been a nut that has just been too hard to crack, until now…

How to see around corners2 A camera that can see around corners has been invented

An MIT research team have developed a camera that can do just that by using a new form of photography called Femto-photography which exploits the finite speed of light and analyzes ‘echoes of light’.

How to see around corners22 A camera that can see around corners has been inventedThe project has a long way to go but promises potential applications in fields ranging from medical imaging to transport. Check out the team’s video explaining how to camera works:

‘A laser pulse that lasts less than one trillionth of a second is used as a flash and the light returning from the scene is collected by a camera at the equivalent of close to 1 trillion frames per second.’

From the research team’s website


Velten, A., Willwacher, T., Gupta, O., Veeraraghavan, A., Bawendi, M., & Raskar, R. (2012). Recovering three-dimensional shape around a corner using ultrafast time-of-flight imaging Nature Communications, 3 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1747 (PDF)

Via Nature

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