The US military is dreaming of a device that helps soldiers see through walls


The US military is looking to help soldiers can "see through the wall" as in the film to quickly detect enemies in difficult missions.

It is important to be able to quickly detect the location of an enemy's hideout to plan for raids and lightning attacks. Understanding that, the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) wanted to create a detector capable of quickly detecting enemies' hiding places.

According to the National Interest, the goal of this project is to create a handheld device that can detect objects behind an average sized space of about 15m2 and within a distance of nearly 2m.


Sensors that detect human presence mainly apply infrared, sound or radar.

The sensor on this device can detect objects at a depth of about 0.6m and has enough battery power to run within 40-50 minutes. Although this device is capable of detecting objects hidden behind a space, the unique thing is that it does not need to scan the internal environment to know what the object is.

Sensors that detect human presence mainly apply infrared, sound or radar. But human detection technology is still too cumbersome and complex. Creating a compact human detection device is an enormous engineering challenge for engineers.

SOCOM said the sensor must be able to distinguish between normal spaces in a wall, such as the distance between the dividing chambers. It must also be capable of operating through a variety of building materials such as bricks, cement, concrete, wood and stone. In addition, the device must be able to distinguish suspicious hidden voids from voids in the building structure.

Above all, such a device must be truly reliable and powerful. The processing performance of the device must be good and accurate enough, avoiding all errors.

SOCOM adds that advanced technologies such as modern radio frequency transmission / reception modules, computer vision algorithms and computer processors are the premise for engineers to soon find solutions for The idea of ​​looking through walls to detect enemies.