System for seeing around corners could improve self-driving cars and search-and-rescue

Seeing what’s happening on the other side of a corner isn’t as impossible as it sounds. Scientists have been working on the problem for years, using lasers to bounce light off unseen objects and detect what’s going beyond their line of sight. Now, researchers from MIT’s CSAIL have gone one step further: they’re using footage from an ordinary smartphone to “see” around corners by spotting subtle changes in light and shadow. The premise of the work is simple: all objects reflect light, and, by closely studying the floor near a corner, you can see if something is moving on the other side based on changing shadows. These fluctuations are invisible to the human eye, but researchers were able to spot them by tweaking the footage from ordinary... Continue reading…

System for seeing around corners could improve self-driving cars and search-and-rescue

Light lets us see the things that surround us, but what if we could also use it to see things hidden around corners?

Tue 10 Oct 17 from TechXplore

Smartphone lets you see round corners by light flicker on floor

Tracking tiny variations in light reflected at the base of a wall can let you count people in a room and see where they are moving

Mon 9 Oct 17 from Newscientist

Smartphone Cameras Peek Around Corners by Analyzing Patterns of Light

An MIT team shows that spotting moving objects around the corner only requires a smartphone camera and an algorithm

Mon 9 Oct 17 from IEEE Spectrum

MIT Researchers Develop AI Tech That Allows Cameras To See Around Corners

One of the challenges that exists for self-driving cars is being able to anticipate the unseen, such as a child running out from behind a tree and into the road. But what if there were cameras ...

Tue 10 Oct 17 from HotHardware

CornerCamera made at MIT lets you see through walls

The system, developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, use cameras found in smarthphones to capture video footage of shadows generated by objects around a ...

Tue 10 Oct 17 from Daily Mail

Real-Life Superpower: 'See' Around Corners with Smartphone Tech

Smartphone cameras can help detect moving objects even if they are hidden around corners, according to a new study.

Mon 9 Oct 17 from Livescience

MIT Wizards Invent Tech That Sees Around Corners

Engineers at MIT have developed a clever and surprisingly simple way to see around corners, thanks to the hidden wonders of light.

Mon 9 Oct 17 from Wired Science

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