The experimental camera setup that is able to see around corners (Photo: Christopher Barsi and Andreas Velten)
The hidden wooden mannequin (a) and a heat map image (d) and 3D images (g/h) produced using the MIT system
The system developed at MIT can capture images of objects hidden from the camera's direct line of sight (Image: Tiago Allen)
Fans of the classic 1982 science fiction movie Blade Runner will remember the ESPER machine that allows Deckard to zoom in and see around corners in a two-dimensional photograph. While such technology is still some way off, researchers in MIT’s Media Lab have developed a system using a femtosecond laser that can reproduce low-resolution 3D images of objects that lie outside a camera’s line of sight.
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