The Phone That Can See Through Walls

Monday, October 6th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with

Phone That Can See Through Walls

This past week’s CEATEC technology show just outside Tokyo is home to some of the most bizarre tech you’ll ever come across. One of the most notable devices (in the mobile technology category) is a phone that promises to allow its owners to see through walls.

Better than X-Ray Specs

Thermal ImagingIt’s about time, isn’t it? We’ve seen enough spy flicks featuring FBI or NSA agents sporting heat-sensing, thermal imaging gear that can track a human target from floor to floor from a van parked on the curb.

The fancy software, ‘Real Space See-through Mobile’ comes from KDDI’s R&D laboratory and Tokyo University and is still just a prototype.

Using geomagnetic sensors, accelerometers, and GPS (ouch on the battery life front) the phone is able to determine its position and render its surroundings on the screen in OpenGL, including areas that are currently out of sight.

The phone’s software then uses OpenGL to draw on the screen what it has ’sensed’ is in the immediate surroundings.

Check out the prototype in the video below.  Don’t expect to be blown away by the first generation graphics, but you can see where this is headed– impressive stuff.

[Via TechRadar]

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