New Chip Tech Could Eventually Give Your Smartphone See-Through Vision

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    It's fascinating to see how quickly technology proves that most science fiction is really just a prognostication for a science fact of the future. There is a new technology being developed that in a few years time could actually give your smartphone the ability to see through solid objects. Now, it would be tempting to call this technology "X-Ray Vision" but that would actually be literally incorrect. That's because the tech actually uses T-Rays instead of X-Rays, yet can result in the same effect.

    T-Rays are a form of radiation that can penetrate materials such as plastics, wood and others, without the side effects associated with X-rays. Ali Hajimiri, a professor of electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology has developed a technique that uses a mass of thousands of transistors to produce a terahertz wave which can harmlessly pass through solid objects and develop a picture of what is underneath. Here's a quote with the details,

    As you can see, the premise is pretty amazing and could revolutionize medical and security technology. And what is even more amazing is that it would be relatively cheap to produce. Of course, this new tech opens up a whole new can of worms related to privacy issues. What do you think of this potentially disruptive new tech? Too cool or too scary?

    Source: BusinessWeek
     
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    Cool and scary. Cool because something like that could come in handy, and scary because a huge perv could be saying that exact statement. If this entered smartphones, I would be scared for my girlfriend and any female out there...
     
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    Awesome stuff but ya, privacy concerns are very relevant. Can't say I wouldn't use it for the dark side either. :blink:
     
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    this + project glass = ...
     
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    more harm than good
     
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    Relatively harmless? Terahertz waves range from visible to infra red, and let me tell you, you can get really damaged if you stay under that radiation long enough of is concentrated in a point (LASER) More than the creepy thing of pervs, if you can shoot an IR LASER with a cel phone, a lot of damage is going to happen
     
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    Good Pic! am I the only one?
     
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    You consider looking through ladies clothes the dark side? Noted ;)
     
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    Think if it entered Project Glass with it's front facing camera..I could...I mean...that perv could snap nude pictures all day long..



    That explains A LOT! lol Just kidding cobravnm!
     
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    Lol yeah. I would be very concerned for my gf regarding other guys. I know I wouldn't use it on other women.
     
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    lies, all lies :D

    it's an interesting idea that's for sure. no real practical personal use, I can definitely see tons of government misuse with something like this, but that's neither here nor there.
     
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    The government misusing something... They would never misuse anything... (sarcasm off).

    End of Line.
     
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    This, if it works, will be the best phone ever sold. All other specs will be irrelevent. :p
     
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    Agreed. Pretty funny.
     
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    God bless modern medicine
     
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