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Fancy X-Ray Vision? AI-Trained Technology Can Now ‘See’ Your Body Through A Wall
By Yoon Sann Wong, 13 Jun 2018
Image via Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL
Fancy some x-ray vision? It looks like artificial intelligence has found a way to see through walls via this latest project by MIT called ‘RF-Pose’.
Using AI, the team—led by Professor Dina Katabi from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) —has taught wireless devices to detect people’s actions and poses, even from the other side of a wall.
“The researchers use a neural network to analyze radio signals that bounce off people’s bodies, and can then create a dynamic stick figure that walks, stops, sits, and moves its limbs as the person performs those actions,” explains the team inside a press release.
For now, ‘RF-Pose’ is being developed for the health care industry, paritcularly with helping to monitor diseases such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), and muscular dystrophy, as well as aiding independent living by the elderly. It could offer additional security by monitoring falls, injuries, and alterations in behavior.
“All data the team collected has subjects’ consent and is anonymized and encrypted to protect user privacy,” says the team. “For future real-world applications, they plans to implement a ‘consent mechanism’ in which the person who installs the device is cued to do a specific set of movements in order for it to begin to monitor the environment.”
Watch it in action below.
[via MIT News, video via MITCSAIL, main image via Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL]
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