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Researchers demonstrate camera that can see through objects

Posted on Saturday, March 12 2011 @ 13:01:01 CET by

Engadget reports scientists at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla have developed a handheld camera that uses microwave signals to non-destructively peek inside materials and structures in real time.
You know those scanners that peep your naughty bits at the airport? Well, a team of researchers have been working on a handheld camera that sports the same technology, and while they're touting its future impact on stuff like cancer detection and aerospace engineering, we can't help but squirm thinking about its Peeping-Tom potential. The camera currently takes 30 images per second by transmitting millimeter and microwaves to a "collector" on the other side of a subject, and then sends them to a laptop for real-time inspection. Aside from being able to see straight through your BVDs, it can also be used to detect defects in spacecraft insulation, find termites lurking in the walls of your apartment, and help in the diagnosis of skin disease.



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