Long-distance 3D laser camera unveiled by Edinburgh team

  • 9 April 2013
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9 April 2013 Last updated at 07:43 ET BBC
A camera able to create 3D images up to one kilometre (0.62 miles) away has been developed by a team in Edinburgh.
Physicists at Heriot-Watt University developed a technique which uses lasers to scan almost any object.
With extra research, the camera's range could extend to 10km (6.2 miles), the team said.
It will primarily be used to scan objects such as vehicles - but is unable to detect human skin.
The reason is that skin does not reflect the laser in the same way as most other objects - meaning for those wishing to evade the camera's gaze, stripping naked is an option.
Beyond capturing images of objects, the technology could also be used to keep track of the movement of rocks, or foliage growth.
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More spying Great if your a mannequin. :D

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I am not so sure that stripping down would achieve the desired results: while you may become invisible to the laser device, you will become the full target of attention for every smart phone in the vicinity.