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article imageNew camera can see through skin and around corners

By Darren Weir     Jul 17, 2012 in Technology
Superman could do it and now so might you. Israeli scientists have developed a new camera that is able to see through skin without x-rays and even see through walls and around corners using just natural light.
What's even more remarkable according to The Verge is that the researchers used off the shelf parts as opposed to specialized new technology.
Extreme Tech reports Ori Katz, Eran Small, and Yaron Silberberg from Israel's Weizmann Institute have developed the camera that is able to show an object that's hiding behind nearly opaque surfaces like skin or frosted glass, around a corner or even in another room (as long as the door is open).
Extreme Tech explains that light is scattered by the obstacle, creating what appears to be white noise but the camera transforms these specks of noise and enhances them 1000 times to recreate the image.The study published yesterday, explains the technique in detail, using a spatial light modulator (SLM) to undo the scattered light in real time.
Senior author of the study, Professor Yaron Silverberg tells the BBC, "What we have shown is that you don't need lasers. Everybody else was doing this with lasers, and we showed you can do it with incoherent light from a lamp or the Sun - natural light."
Silverberg says the main use for the camera would be in biological and medical studies, like brain imaging, rather than trying to see through thin materials or around corners. "I don't want to say that it solves the problems of secret organisations and Peeping Toms and so on, that's not going to be so simple. But the principle is there."
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