MIT News Office (September 24, 2012) — MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically
creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is
moving. The prototype system, described in a paper slated for the
Intelligent Robots and Systems conference in Portugal next month, is
envisioned as a tool to help emergency responders coordinate disaster
In experiments conducted on the MIT campus, a graduate student wearing the sensor system wandered the halls, and the sensors wirelessly relayed data to a laptop in a distant conference room. Observers in the conference room were able to track the student’s progress on a map that sprang into being as he moved.
Connected to the array of sensors is a handheld pushbutton device that the wearer can use to annotate the map. In the prototype system, depressing the button simply designates a particular location as a point of interest. But the researchers envision that emergency responders could use a similar system to add voice or text tags to the map — indicating, say, structural damage or a toxic spill.
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