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MIT Develops Device That Can See People Through Walls

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 05:03 PM

A device that detects people using radio frequencies — even through walls — has been developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. 

The MIT team touts multiple uses for the new technology if it can be improved, including the ability to control devices in other parts of a house or office with body movements. It can distinguish between 15 individuals with 90 percent accuracy.

It works similar to Microsoft Kinect, which uses body movements to play video games, MIT said.

Other uses could include film making, where actors who now use sensor-tracking suits for special effects could obtain the same effect without the suit.

It also could be used by firefighters to see if anyone is inside a burning building or could monitor family members to see if they have fallen and need emergency medical help.

"We're working to turn this technology into an in-home device that can call 911 if it detects that a family member has fallen unconscious," researcher Dina Katabi said. "You could also imagine it being used to operate your lights and TVs, or to adjust your heating by monitoring where you are in the house."

The device can see a person's head, torso arms and feet, but can't distinguish fingers. It also requires a person to move around before it can begin mapping his or her form.

NBC News notes that the technology also can be used by law enforcement or other government agencies for spying as well.

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A device that detects people using radio frequencies - even through walls - has been developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
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