Ep 69: Cameras that can See Around Corners – with guest David Lindell

Cameras that can See Around Corners

What if you could build cameras that can see around corners or through walls?  It sounds like something out of a spy movie, and completely unrealistic.  But sometimes, what seems like science fiction is actually possible.

Today we talk to David Lindell, a PhD student in the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab.  David is heading a group that is developing cameras that can see around corners and through objects.  They do this using a camera that emits a laser beam, which can bounce off surfaces, sort of like how a bat or a dolphin uses echo location.  By doing this, their camera can see in real time objects around corners or through objects.

The applications of this type of technology are wide ranging, from self-driving cars to helping surgeons see through tissues while performing surgery.  We talk about how this camera works, David’s inspiration for the camera, and even talk about this video, where you can watch the camera in action!

Music in this podcast is provided by https://filmmusic.io:  “Super Power Cool Dude”, “Inspired”, ”Funkorama”,  “Werq” , and  “Your Call” , all by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com).  They are provided by the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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