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June 23, 2017
X-ray eyes in the sky: Drones and WiFi for 3-D through-wall imaging
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab have given the first demonstration of three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using ordinary wireless signal. The technique, which involves two drones working in tandem, could have a variety of applications, such as emergency search-and-rescue, archaeological discovery and structural monitoring. "Our proposed approach has enabled unmanned aerial vehicles to image details through walls in 3D with only WiFi signals," said Mos ... read more

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