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Xiaopeng Wang, PhD research candidate at the University of Sydney’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering

Rescue tool that can see through walls like superman

A University of Sydney PhD student, Xiaopeng Wang has developed a prototype that will allow people to see through walls.

The telecommunication research group, has just completed successful trials of the device which uses electromagnetic waves to bounce information off walls. You can then process the waves to retrieve the information we want. Then we reshape the wave so people can tell the shape of the object it has captured. The current model can tell the shape and width of a human being.

Dr Zihuai Lin, a lecturer at the university’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering, said that the breakthrough could have profound implications for natural disasters and emergencies.

The device will be able to detect human shapes buried under rubble.

Many thousands of people are buried under tonnes of concrete when earthquake hit, recent earthquakes in Nepal and China and these are a prime example of where this technology can save lives.

Image courtesy of University of Sydney

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