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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

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The flexible X-AR antenna on Microsoft's HoloLens.

Potential applications for this technology right now include use in warehouses, shipping, retail, and other places where RFID tags are commonly used.

Credit: MIT

X-ray vision might not be strictly for superheroes much longer, thanks to a new application of a familiar technology.

Augmented reality offers a layer of virtual content that usually goes on top of the picture of the world taken in by our eyes, but researchers at MIT are using AR to help us see beyond barriers in a kind of "X-ray vision" they're calling X-AR.

X-AR is powered by a flexible antenna that adds a sort of "sixth sense" to the HoloLens, allowing it to locate specific objects that are outside the wearer's line of sight, as long as they're marked with a widely used item known as a radio frequency identification tag and less than 15 feet away.

The prototype of this system is built as an add-on to Microsoft's HoloLens, but researchers say it could be applied to other augmented reality headsets down the line.

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