MIT Laser Camera Can See Around Corners

Perhaps we’ll be able to easily shoot pictures of folks hiding around the corner in the future as a camera that is capable of shooting around corners has been developed by scientists from MIT. The prototype device uses an ultra-short high-intensity burst of laser light to illuminate a scene, collecting tiny amounts of light that bounce around the scene. The camera touts a femtosecond laser, a high-intensity light source that can fire ultra-short bursts of laser light that last just one quadrillionth of a second. The light sources are commonly used by chemists to image reactions at the atomic or molecular scale. Currently the imagesare very basic, but the team sees a huge potential in areas of fire and rescue, the military and also the surgical field as the camera can also be used as an advanced endoscope.

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