Scientists Use Lasers to See Around Corners

Your pathetic human eyes can only see what’s right in front of them, and it’s not hard to fool people. Robots, on the other hand, are already learning how to see around corners. This will no doubt come in handy during the robot apocalypse when machines need to hunt down fleeing humans, but in the meantime, it could be a real boon to self-driving cars and other autonomous technology.

Researchers have, in the past, used computational methods to detect large objects around a corner. But professor Ioannis Gkioulekas from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute says this is the first time anyone has been able to resolve millimeter and micrometer-scale shapes without line-of-sight. So, this is a completely new application of so-called non-line-of-sight (NLOS) tech.