Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with 400,239 inspiring examples.
Trend Reports
Discover why 1,039 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join 325,922 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Consumer Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 1,039 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join 325,922 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI + Human Methodology
Learn how Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
eLearning (NEW)
Prepare for the year's ahead with 100+ lessons, tactics, tools and frameworks with our full learning database.
Advisory & Services
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Trend Reports
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event or virtual event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Speakers & Virtual Presenters
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
Innovation Events
Join the world's top innovators at our FREE Virtual events.
Free Webinars
During COVID-19, learn to innovate through chaos, navigate the new normal and maintain work culture from home.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Search our database of 400,239 cutting edge ideas.

X-Ray Vision Devices

MIT Researchers Create Apparatus to See Through Walls

— October 20, 2011 — Tech
Two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, John Peabody and Gregory Charvat, may have just unlocked the secret to real-life X-ray vision.

Peabody and Charvat's system employs signal amplifiers and radio wavelengths. When images of an object behind a wall are taken via an X-ray machine, the wall appears very bright in the image. According to Discovery.com, only a small amount of radiation penetrates the wall and an even smaller bit reflects back to the detector. What Peabody and Charvat's system does is amplify the small radiation signal that is made and subtracts the signal the wall produces. Ultimately, they were able to build a receiver that only picks up altered wavelength signals, which essentially eliminates the wall from an X-ray image.

Unfortunately, the X-ray vision device currently doesn't operate the way Superman's eyes do: it only shows people as blobs behind the wall. However, with improvements, such a discovery can help anyone determine where there are people within buildings or behind walls -- this type of device, as Discovery.com points out, would help soldiers battling in urban zones.
1.2
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness