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Laser Camera Can See Around Corners Using Walls and Floors as “Virtual Mirrors”


According to Phys.org, “a group of scientists led by Genevieve Gariepy have developed a state-of-the-art detector which, with some clever data processing techniques, can turn walls and floors into a “virtual mirror”, giving the power to locate and track moving objects out of direct line of sight.”

While the actual practice of taking wall-bending photos isn’t quite a reality, “the technology has interesting future applications,” notes Phys.org. “In areas such as surveillance – to detect a moving person behind a wall, for example – or in car safety systems to detect incoming vehicles approaching around corners.”

Watch the video below to see how the technology works, and why it might play an important role in the future of safety and surveillance.

Read more about Genevieve Gariepy and her project here.

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On the web, there are no neutral corners



Sometimes I feel disheartened by the back-stabbing, toxicity, and rumor-mongering I see among fellow bloggers.

Of course this is not a “blogger problem.” It is a human problem. Anger, pettiness, jealousy … all this stuff has been there forever. It simply gets amplified by the web.

When we engage with people on social media, every single interaction is an opportunity to lift people up or put them down.

There are no neutral corners.

If you are a person who lives to take people down, it will eventually lead to distrust, even among those you believe to be allies. And that whole toxic drama scene just seems exhausting to me. Why do this, my friends?

If you want to be seen as a leader, then lead. Don’t be a person who enables pettiness and hate. Leaders dispense hope.

We are in a big, big world. There is room for everybody to succeed. There is room for diversity, difference, and disagreement without feeling threatened.

This is traditionally a time when we reflect and consider what the New Year will bring. I urge you to make the choice to be a leader and lift people up. There are no neutral corners.

Thanks for listening. You may continue with your regularly scheduled programming.

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