MIT’s New Imaging System can read Closed Books using TeraHertz Radiation

MIT's New Imaging System can read Closed Books using TeraHertz Radiation

MIT researchers and their colleagues are designing an imaging system that can read closed books.

In the latest issue of Nature Communications, the researchers describe a prototype of the system, which they tested on a stack of papers, each with one letter printed on it. The system was able to correctly identify the letters on the top nine sheets.

This new imaging system will be useful for reading the antique books in Museums without touching them, and it could be used to analyze any materials organized in thin layers, such as coatings on machine parts or pharmaceuticals.

Anyway, currently the cost of this system is around 100k, so it is still not in a position to be mass-produced for everyday use.

News Sources:
http://news.mit.edu/2016/computational-imaging-method-reads-closed-books-0909

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