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Published May 5, 2020

By tak­ing a short video of a shiny object, researchers at the University of Washington found…

they can use the light flash­ing off it to con­struct a rough pic­ture of the room around it. The results are sur­pris­ing­ly accu­rate, whether the reflec­tions come from a bowl, a cylin­der or a crinkly bag of pota­to chips.

Check this out. The bot­tom image is a pho­to, while the top is recon­struct­ed from the reflec­tion off a bag of chips:

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