One of the latest research from MIT presents both avid readers and technology enthusiasts an interesting way of flicking through a book. The new technology actually helps you accomplish something you might have never thought to be possible before, namely read closed books.
The new technique developed by MIT enables people to read closed books. Now, what does it consists of? This new method is possible due to a device which proved itself able to identify letters correctly. Its creators put it to the test, and the device recognized letters written on pages put together in a pile.
However, there are also some restrictions about it: each sheet of paper had only one letter printed on it, and the device managed to go through nine of them. From the tenth page on, the researchers received blurry information from the instrument. The camera of the device can go through twenty pages, but the computerized images it captures are not clear, which prevents proper reading.
The developers of the new device see it as a prototype. This means that they only have the first stage of a much more effective machine or technology. For the time being, the device can’t see through the thick cover of actually closed books, but the developers hope for such a result in the future.
The new technology that could help scientists read books without opening them is based on terahertz radiation. This is an important element, as it is these radiations that can distinguish ink from paper, and make possible the experiment that the researchers aim for.
The researchers at MIT worked with a team from Georgia Tech for this new invention. They are aware that technology based on terahertz radiations is just starting to develop. They expect that it will evolve in time.
Scientists are particularly aware of the advantages that such a futuristic method can bring for them. For instance, old books and documents that can’t or shouldn’t be opened could be, eventually, read. Opening old, poorly preserved books could damage them. However, they must be hiding valuable information, and this method seems the best way discovered so for to unveil the secrets without damaging the books.
The developers of the device gave more details on it in an article published in Nature Communications. Barmak Heshmat is the main author of the paper. He also declared that an important cultural institution was interested in the invention, namely The Metropolitan Museum in New York.
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