Researchers develop new imaging technology which can read through closed books

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

According to The Christian Science Monitor, researchers have developed a new imaging technology which has the capability to read text even in closed books.

The new imaging technology has been developed collaboratively by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and Georgia Institute of Technology. The new imaging method can effectively uncover the text inside a volume even despite a closed binding.

Highlighting the significance of the new imaging technology, the researchers said in a press release that the new method is capable of reading through stacked pages, as it uses a kind of electromagnetic radiation – called terahertz radiation – for dexterity in separating the blank spaces on a paper from the inked spaces.

As such, the technology can potentially enable historians to sift through antique books or documents that have pages which are too fragile to turn; and, thus, unearth important historical information without risking any damages to the original artifact.

Asserting that the new imaging technology can be used for reading through closed books, MIT research scientist Barmak Heshmat said in a statement: “The Metropolitan Museum in New York showed a lot of interest in this, because they want to, for example, look into some antique books that they don’t even want to touch.”

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