Wearable Sensor Pack Turns Emergency Responders Into Human Maps

Wearable Sensor Pack Turns Emergency Responders Into Human Maps
technology

MIT's prototype sensor system lets first responders create digital maps of the affected area, enabling others to get a more detailed and accurate description.

Emma Hutchings
  • 25 september 2012

Researchers at MIT have developed a prototype sensor system that would let first responders in disaster zones create digital maps so those not present could get a detailed description of the area. The wearable system automatically creates a map of the environment using a laser rangefinder, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and a camera. The gyroscopes could infer when the rangefinder was tilted and the accelerometers provided some information about the wearer’s velocity and changes in altitude.

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