Reading Through Closed Books

MIT researchers have developed an imaging system capable of reading through closed books. The prototype was tested on a stack of papers – each with one letter printed on it – and it was able to successfully identify the letters on the top nine sheets. “The Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don’t even want to touch,” said Barmak Heshmat, a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. MIT researchers developed the algorithms that acquire images from individual sheets in stacks of paper, while Georgia Tech researchers created an algorithm to interpret the incomplete images as individual letters. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real Holodeck.