It won’t allow users to jump tall buildings in a single bound or travel faster than a speeding bullet, but a new mobile phone could give people X-ray vision.
Using a high-tech chip, the phone would allow users to see through walls, wood, plastic and even clothing.
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The new technology could also revolutionise cancer treatment by enabling doctors to examine people for tumors without damaging X-rays or large, expensive MRI scanners.
US scientists designing the phone claim it would also have day-to-day uses such as allowing renovators to detect studs in walls.
At present, it’s designed to work over a short range and works with a normal-sized microchip that could fit into phones and small devices.
The team’s research involves tapping into an unused range in the electromagnetic spectrum.
“We’ve created approaches that open a previously untapped portion of the electromagnetic spectrum for consumer use and life-saving medical applications,” says Dr Kenneth O, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.
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