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Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed software that uses variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls. The researchers built a device, called RF-Capture, that transmits wireless signals and then analyzes the reflections of those signals to piece together a human form, according to a study published this morning.
IT CAN DETERMINE BREATHING PATTERNS AND HEART RATE
The technology is an extension of something the MIT team has been working on for a few years. In 2013, they used similar radio frequency technology to detect motion on the other side of a wall or obstruction, Gizmodo reports. Now, the RF-Capture is sophisticated enough to determine subtle differences in body shapes, and, with 90 percent accuracy, distinguish between 15 different people through a wall. It can even determine a person's breathing patterns and heart rate.
While there's no real-world application for the RF-Capture yet, the MIT researchers say there are many possibilities. According to Gizmodo, the RF-Capture could be used to track the movements of an elderly person living alone, and be able to determine if they had fallen down. The technology could also potentially be used in smart homes, if certain gestures detected by the device were used to control appliances. The researchers expect the technology to get more accurate over time.
originally posted by: Misterlondon
a reply to: RomeByFire
The military have had this or some form it for many years.. possibly decades..
But this in the hands of the public certainly is an unsettling thought..
While there's no real-world application for the RF-Capture yet, the MIT researchers say there are many possibilities
originally posted by: markosity1973
a reply to: projectvxn
When you've got problems with police shooting and killing unarmed offenders who are being stopped for extremely minor offenses, how is one supposed to trust that they will use this technology in a proper manner?