Researchers create mobile real-time indoor mapping system

09/26/2012 | ZDNet

Researchers at MIT have developed a real-time mapping system for firefighters and other emergency responders. The Simultaneous Localization and Mapping -- or SLAM -- prototype is a wearable piece of equipment that uses Microsoft's Kinect tool to analyze data from a Light Detection and Ranging laser to map areas as a user moves through it. "Our work is motivated by rapid response missions by emergency personnel, in which the capability for one or more people to rapidly map a complex indoor environment is essential for public safety," researchers said in a paper on the project.

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