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Wearable Sensor Maps Disaster Areas on the Fly

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 26, 2012 — A wearable sensor system that includes a stripped-down gaming camera and a laser rangefinder could give emergency responders a boost by digitally mapping hazardous environments on the fly. Developed at MIT, the device builds on previous research into systems that let robots map their environments. The machine’s sensors wirelessly relay data to an off-site computer, allowing observers to watch the map’s creation as the wearer maneuvers through a space — in this instance, the halls of an MIT building. The prototype, worn on the chest, includes a simplified Microsoft...Read full article

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