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Military evolution: The Prism 200c can see through walls

by Steven Mostyn - May 4 2011, 12:54

Nowhere to hide. Image: Cambridge Consultants.

Although not quite what you’d call fully fledged X-Ray vision, the creative British boffins over at Cambridge Consultants have come up with a portable device that’s capable of seeing through solid walls.

The Prism 200c, which has been designed for tactical military use and is carried as a conventional backpack, can peer through wood, concrete or bricking in order to provide the user with a portable 3D image of whatever (or whoever) is on the other side.

The device functions by emitting ultra-wideband Pulse Radio frequencies, which travel through the obstructing wall and return an interpretation of the space beyond and anything moving within it.

“Prism 200 is easy to use and with the press of a button, operators can switch between front, plan or profile views for a complete picture,” Cambridge Consultants explains.

“The user can observe the scenario in a 3D view, where the perspective can be rotated to look at a room or building from various vantage points.”

As impressed as we are, The Tech Herald can’t help but wonder how long it will take for the technology to shrink sufficiently to be utilised directly through military goggles or even on advanced contact lenses. Now that would be cool.

Looking not unlike the kind of enemy-tracking graphics regularly utilised via videogame heads-up displays (HUDs), take a look at the Prism 200c in action by watching the following explanatory video clip.


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