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A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi

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At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients' vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews a system that captures the reflections of signals like Wi-Fi as they bounce off people, creating a reliable record of vitals for healthcare workers and patients. And in a brief Q&A with TED curator Helen Walters, Katabi discusses safeguards being put in place to prevent people from using this tech to monitor somebody without their consent.

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42 Comments on A new way to monitor vital signs (that can see through walls) | Dina Katabi

  1. 1st please like

  2. Pawan Records // 9th August 2018 at 4:39 pm // Reply


  3. Excadrill 57 // 9th August 2018 at 4:40 pm // Reply

    This is awesome keep up the great work guys!

  4. Maxime Bakleh // 9th August 2018 at 4:43 pm // Reply

    Cool technology, terrifying applications

    • Joannot Fampionona // 9th August 2018 at 5:37 pm // Reply

      We must progress along with our technology.
      If our morals doesn’t follow some kind of Moore’s law along with technology, we are bound to destruction.
      So becomes the most ethical person you can to every beings on this earth.

    • I agree with the principle that as tech evolves so do we. But that said our current moral compass is directed towards greed and power. If that was not the case we would be living on mars and diseases would be an after thought. We should be light years ahead of where we are. Science should not be copyrighted it should be cloud source available.

    • DomesticTmanSingsNStuff // 9th August 2018 at 6:04 pm // Reply

      there might need to be more testing for devices to counteract this tech..
      im pretty sure we already do

    • Imagine use of this for marketing application both outside and inside of your home coupled with data of what you’re looking and buying both online and physically.
      Or say military application for 3D mapping both domestic and foreign objects (inside buildings) and people in them, by say attaching this to a car and driving in the neighborhood.
      Question that arises with every new technology is, will it be used responsibly and does the value of progress outweigh the cost.

    • joshuafyi anderson // 9th August 2018 at 6:20 pm // Reply

      In 2006 there was a conspiracy theory about this exact same technology this is not new stuff they are releasing it to the public now because as she said they want to get it into hospitals

  5. konouz krtoumeh // 9th August 2018 at 4:44 pm // Reply

    Great !

  6. M.W. Van Houten // 9th August 2018 at 4:46 pm // Reply

    yea! she found the force.

    • Nathaniel Luders // 9th August 2018 at 11:14 pm // Reply

      M.W. Van Houten I was disappointed she never said something like, “we found it! It’s the electro-magnetic force!”

  7. John J. Johnington // 9th August 2018 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    Why is she building Dr. Jose Delgado’s wireless mind control technology?

  8. This some good tech. I can now see if my roommate is jacking if or not in the bathroom.

  9. Guess Who Am I // 9th August 2018 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    “We thoud focush on thisth fideo”
    xD I’m sorry

  10. Biren KumarG // 9th August 2018 at 5:04 pm // Reply

    Good research…How much it costs

  11. This is absolutely amazing. There is a unfathomable amount of applications for a device like this. Healthcare, Search & rescue, Law enforcement. Dina Katabi and her team are doing great work here.

  12. Shashi kant Behera // 9th August 2018 at 5:21 pm // Reply

    Please do write subtitles below

  13. Apart from the silences which should have been filled by applauses, which felt awkward at times, this was quite a great talk. This lady has made an amazing technology and I am glad that we have people like her among us whose fruits of genius will improve the whole world.

    • sleeping purpletiger // 9th August 2018 at 11:25 pm // Reply

      boson96 just because someone is a tech genius doesn’t mean they’re a great presenter. That’s why car salesmen sell and not the mechanics. I thought her tech was interesting but her delivery to the world SUCKED. I’m an anesthetist with an MBA that would love this tech, but I would hire a pro to sell it.

  14. I don’t know about star wars, sounds more like Star Treks medical tricorder scans are becoming a reality.

    • I was thinking the same thing, not just the tricorder but also the ability to see what ever they wanted inside the patient without an xray, mri, ct, in real time. The tracking of the heart beat was quite remarkable!

  15. big brother loves you. Orwell couldn’t imagine this.
    still really cool. hopes this will help people.

  16. el chistoso murillo // 9th August 2018 at 5:49 pm // Reply

    This was a really great informative video. It’s about time someone uses something like this!

  17. DURMUŞ BAYSAL // 9th August 2018 at 5:50 pm // Reply

    “And if whatever trees upon the earth were pens and the sea [was ink], replenished thereafter by seven [more] seas, the words of Allah would not be exhausted. Indeed, Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (The Noble Quran. Surah Luqman Verse 27)
    It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see. (The Noble Quran. Surah Ar Rad. Verse 2)
    And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander. (Surah Adh Dhariyat. Verse 47)
    Listen to the voice of the Noble Quran.
    Maybe your life will be changed If God allows.
    Really amazing
    French :

  18. Theodore Seeber // 9th August 2018 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    End of story- it will be pulled from the market because the radiation will cause cancer.

    • Caleb Kirschbaum // 9th August 2018 at 7:37 pm // Reply

      It is similar to using WiFi, which does not cause cancer. Only Ionizing Radiation causes cancer. So, it should be fine.

  19. Fascinating indeed! Thank you.

  20. sleeping purpletiger // 9th August 2018 at 11:22 pm // Reply

    Rambling, hard to understand, where is the simple synopsis with the gist of this new tech?? Time is a precious commodity so use a legible power point with the highlights so we can move on!! As always, 3 minutes of info in a 20 minute chaotic, nonscripted “you are accessing to the space and of you are hopefully with the two of them you are…”…. WTF??????!!!!!

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