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MIT researchers develop surprisingly simple camera technique to 'see' around corners

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Oct 10, 2017
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  1. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL for short, have developed a surprisingly simple method that allows cameras to “see” around corners.

    The technique, dubbed CornerCameras, relies on the disruptions in light that objects cause as they move. By magnifying standard video footage, the lighting changes can be differentiated and used to construct a series of one-dimensional images that reveals information about an object over time.

    Fine details like an object’s shape or texture can’t be discerned but you can gather information regarding the relative speed and position of an object and in some cases, even its color. Best yet, the technique works in real-time and under subpar lighting conditions (outside in the rain, for example).

    As for practical applications, researchers believe the technology could one day be embedded into smartphones and help self-driving cars see around corners to spot pedestrians or other vehicles.

    Getting to that point will take some work, however, as a laptop is currently needed to handle processing duties. What’s more, the system in its current iteration requires a stationary camera although the team is refining it to work with motion.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,461   +3,180

    It's implementation into autonomous vehicles and that sort of thing is logical and for other specific scenarios but what the hell would I want with it on my phone? I don't exactly fancy myself as real, live Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell... and not to mention I'm to likely to wind up getting my butt arrested instead for loitering, stalking and acting like a weirdo if I try use such a thing in public.
     
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,086   +1,775

    Well, it's sort of impressive .... perhaps AFTER they come up with some demonstrated practical applications ....
     
  4. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Booster Posts: 149   +77

    A series of one-dimensional images, they say? Do these guys even know what a "dimension" is, or an "image"?
     
  5. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Enthusiast Posts: 65   +7

    Can we not already see through walls with WiFi or the like?
     
  6. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Booster Posts: 146   +44

    For a minute there I thought you were going to show some enthusiasm, but sadly no...
     

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