Recent technological advancements are helping rescuers in saving valuable human lives. Now scientists have developed a new technology that will allow firefighters in locating alive person in a burning building full of smoke. The new Infrared Holography technology will aid the rescue efforts of firefighters.
Firefighters have been using infrared cameras to find people in burning places for a while but the drawback of the current technology is that it is incapable of differentiating between the heat of human’s body and the heat of the surrounding material. Fortunately for everyone the new technology with infrared holography developed by a team of Italian researchers from Institute of Optics ditches the lens used in old technology to concentrate the infrared rays to make the image readable for human. The new technology uses digital infrared holography that produces easy to read and more detailed 3D images even in dark places, allowing rescuers to easily determine the position of people stuck in the fire.
Firefighters put their lives on the line in some of the most dangerous conditions on Earth. One of their greatest challenges, however, is seeing through thick veils of smoke and walls of flame to find people in need of rescue. A team of Italian researchers has developed a new imaging technique that uses infrared (IR) digital holography to peer through chaotic conflagrations and capture potentially lifesaving and otherwise hidden details. The team describes its breakthrough results and their applications in a paper published today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.
The device created by the Italian scientists isn’t ready yet but a workable and portable version of the device is under process. The team behind it believes that their idea will be co-oted by biomedical and aerospace industries as well.
If you are interested then you can watch the new technology in action on Engadget’s post here.