A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor has invented a new digital camera that can see around corners.
The new camera will allow users to shoot pictures of people and scenes around the corner of a building.
The tech magic is down to the use of an ultra-short high-intensity burst of laser light which illuminates the scene, by collecting tiny amounts of light that bounce around objects around corners hidden from the human eye.
A femtosecond laser lets the camera shoot ultra-short bursts of laser light that last for one quadrillionth of a second.
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The MIT team hopes the new camera tech will have numerous useful military applications.
"It's like having x-ray vision without the x-rays," said Prof. Ramesh Raskar, head of the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab.
"But we're going around the problem rather than going through it.
"You could generate a map before you go into a dangerous place like a building fire, or a robotic car could use the system to compute the path it should take around a corner before it takes it," added Prof Raskar
Professor Raskar and his team have been working on developing the new camera tech for the last three years