How to See Through Concrete Walls [Video]

Like almost all interesting technology, the radar array presented by the MIT students below is being developed for warfare situations–specifically those in urban areas where concrete or stone walls are commonplace. It works well enough to offer a count of people on the other side of a wall, but it can’t show you (yet?) whether said people are bomb-wielding crazies or small children with puppies. MIT: get right on that “not a child and/or puppy” indicator before you send this off for use in urban combat areas, please and thank you.

The ability to see through walls is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Thanks to new radar technology developed at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory a system has been built by researchers that can see through walls from some distance away, giving an instantaneous picture of the activity on the other side.

[MIT via g.tdw]

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5 Responses to How to See Through Concrete Walls [Video]

  1. Am I the only one thinking "How do these people sleep at night knowing they are developing tools for the military"

    They may rationalise this to themselves by saying it will stop innocent people being killed, or some other double-think nonsense, but in reality they are just another amoral part of the military industrial complex.

    How did Oppenheimer feel about what the US government did with his research? Science should be a force for good, not an aid to killing people.

    • Science will always be used for fighting. I would prefer that my nation and that of my allies to have a leg up on the competetion.

  2. That crap seems useless, you can't even tell what's behind the wall, it could very well be a dog or whatever. I hate it when millions are spent on crap that doesn't work for a spit. These guys should go on public when they have something amazing, not something barely working.

    • Technology is always improving. Consider this a baby step to better methods. How many devices do you think you use from day to day which started off as something some close-minded idiot considered to be useless crap?

  3. Just think, in 10 or so years there will be hand held units…

    The tech is cool, but it will be abused by the government and others once it gets scaled down to portable size

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