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Wearable sensor maps disaster areas in real time

A sensor that digitally maps the area through which the wearer is moving, in real time, has been created by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The project is supported by the US Air Force and the Office of Naval Research, and could help rescuers in a disaster.
 

The device developed by the scientists at MIT is a small piece of plastic, worn on the chest.

It consists of accelerometers, gyroscopes, a Microsoft Kinect camera, a laser - called light detection and ranging rangefinder (Liidar) - and a button that allows the user to add text tags to the map to mark points of interest.

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