This Camera Can Track Moving Objects Around Corners

Scientists at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland have created a camera that can locate and track objects around corners. The camera shoots laser pulses at the floor near a corner, then analyzes how the light spreads and bounces off of an object concealed around that corner. It launches these pulses 67 million times per second and records the average of the results after three seconds. The camera can show an object's position and follow its movement, but only gives a rough outline of its shape. In the future, researchers hope that this technology will prove useful for drivers, emergency responders, and people who must venture into dangerous locations.

How Lasers Help Us See Around Corners

Learn how this revolutionary camera works.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. See how this camera uses laser light to track objects around corners: 00:34

  2. The camera that can "see" around corners is sensitive enough to capture single photons. 01:13

  3. A camera that can track objects from around corners could potentially be used in rescue missions with dangerous terrain, or in cars to detect oncoming vehicles. 02:08

Super-Fast Cameras

See a camera so fast, it can capture the movement of light.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Researchers at MIT have created a camera with an exposure time of two trillionths of a second. 00:44

  2. Watch a pulse of light move through a bottle with help from MIT's super high-speed camera: 01:29

  3. Learn how an MIT camera can "see" around a corner: 03:41

Cameras That Can See Through Walls

The mind boggles at the possibilities this would allow.

Written by Curiosity Staff December 11, 2015

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