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Technology to make us super 'men'

What superman could do with his x-ray vision, man can now do with technology. A big leap has been made for 3D through-wall imaging, say researchers at UC Santa Barbara, as it is now possible ‘in flight’ using drones and Wi-Fi.

In their experiment, two octocopters flew around the outside of an enclosed, four-sided brick house whose interior was unknown to the drones.

While in flight, one copter continuously transmitted a Wi-Fi signal, which was measured by the other copter.

After flying pre-planned air routes, the copters used the imaging methodology developed by the researchers to create 3D high resolution images of the objects inside the house. And it worked – the 3D image closely matched the actual area.

Just as superman uses his power for the greater good, so this technology could be used for emergency search-and-rescue missions – hang on Lois, we’re on our way!

Peggy Lee

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