X

Your Dream of Having a Superman-like Vision may Soon be a Reality!

by Hannah Punitha on  January 29, 2009 at 5:24 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A -A +
 
Your Dream of Having a Superman-like Vision may Soon be a Reality!
Your dream of having a Superman-like vision may soon be a reality, thanks to researchers who are working on developing X ray specs that would help you to see through solid walls, and even sense tiny motions like breathing, or even a beating heart.

In 2006, British engineers at Cambridge Consultants had announced the development of briefcase-sized system called the Prism 200, which can detect people through a brick wall, by firing off pulses of ultrawide-band radar and listening for returning echoes.

Unlike light, radio waves can pass through solid materials. According to the scientists the pulses from ultrawide-band radar can pass through building materials over 40 centimetres thick, and can identify the activity up to 15 metres, reports New Scientist.

However, it has a drawback. The radar is designed to only detect objects when they move.

In another breakthrough to achieve X ray vision, scientists led by Erwin Biebl at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed a radar sensor that can pick up tiny motions like breathing, or even a beating heart, through a closed door.

Research suggest that radio waves between 433 megahertz and 24 gigahertz can pass through skin and bone but are partly reflected by the fatty layer surrounding muscles such as the heart.

With help of the Doppler effect, the researchers were able to pick even the sub-centimetre changes in movement caused by a beating heart or the motion of the lungs.

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

Most Popular News on Medindia

P
M
View All >>
X

Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert+
s
All Helps Assured By Dr. Ramadoss To Refurbish Ka...
 All Helps Assured By Dr. Ramadoss To Refurbish Kashmir's Health Infrastructure
S 'Tan Jabs' Linked to Rapid Changes in Skin Moles
'Tan Jabs' Linked to Rapid Changes in Skin Moles