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iboughtarock OP t1_j5ti13h wrote

Simple Wi-Fi routers can be used to detect and perceive the poses and positions of humans and map their bodies clearly in 3D, a new report has found.

With the help of AI neural networks and deep learning, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University were also able to create full-body images of subjects.

This proof-of-concept would be a breakthrough for healthcare, security, gaming (VR), and a host of other industries. It would also overcome issues affecting regular cameras, such as poor lighting or simple obstacles like furniture blocking a camera lens, while also eclipsing traditional RBG sensors, LiDAR, and radar technology. It also would cost far less and consume less energy than the latter, researchers noted.

However, this discovery comes with a host of potential privacy issues. If the technology does make it to the mainstream, one’s movements and poses could be monitored — even through walls — without prior knowledge or consent.

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tlighta t1_j5upmr1 wrote

This really shows the potential for AI to see a bunch of things that we currently can't see.


wogolfatthefool t1_j5v6hid wrote

Can you image if holo lens was still a thing, and being able to see all the radios waves in your area in real time because of AI integrated into it?


Winjin t1_j5vqpcl wrote

I think you wouldn't like it. It's probably like standing in the middle of a very busy 12-lane road where every second car is blasting music from open windows.

We have radio waves all around us.


thomascardin t1_j5x67be wrote

My dude let's start a company that makes this into an AR reality, since Apple is about to release the glasses that can make it happen.


myrddin4242 t1_j609guu wrote

Radio waves are a range of frequencies of light. As with visible frequencies, what you would see is the emitters lighting up, plus whatever reflective-to-radio surfaces are currently in view.


wogolfatthefool t1_j60bfq2 wrote

Yes BUT through AI or some programing, you wouldn't actually have to view it as such. It would appear in a visual form you could tolerate.


myrddin4242 t1_j60c9wo wrote

Sure, just pointing out that, since radio is just a different color, you wouldn’t see waves that are passing you by, anymore than you would see a beam of red light in the air.


greenappletree t1_j5tqtoy wrote

That incredible- were they able to distinguish different people or is this a control room with a single individual standing still. I would imagine it can get exponentially more complicated with multiple people moving around.


Altruistic_Rate6053 t1_j5vgg6x wrote

I remember seeing a patent like this a couple years ago. Like most things these days we will soon get some new perks at the cost of companies being able to mine this positional data with no limit