A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology creates a camera that can shoot beyond the line of sight for a variety of useful purposes.

Ramesh Raskar, associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aims to stretch the boundaries of photography by creating a camera that can literally “look around corners and beyond the line of sight” using light that travels indirectly from object to camera and “creates” a 3d image by reflecting off walls or other obstacles.

Leading the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group in collaboration with Bawendi Lab in the Department of Chemistry, Raskar explores the potential use of what the team calls “femto-photography,” which capitalizes on the finite speed of light and analyzes its “echoes” as light bounces off various obstacles.

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