MIT Camera Imaging System

MIT researchers have developed a camera imaging system that can safely view objects shrouded by fog so thick that human vision can’t penetrate it, while also gauging its distance. Current self-driving car systems do not have the ability to handle misty driving conditions, but this one uses a time-of-flight camera, which fires ultrashort bursts of laser light into a scene and measures the time it takes their reflections to return. In other words, the system calculates a different gamma distribution for each of the 1,024 pixels in the sensor, allowing it to handle the variations in fog density that foiled earlier systems: It can deal with circumstances in which each pixel sees a different type of fog. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the best smartphone camera on the market today.

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