Watch: MIT uses Microsoft Kinect to design real-time mapping

With the help of a laser-range finder, a laptop and a Microsoft Kinect, researchers at MIT have created a wearable piece of equipment that can map out a building in real time, Mashable reports. The prototype, called SLAM (short for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), was announced today. Essentially, SLAM operates as a second pair of eyes by generating a virtual map of the user’s location (think: real-time strategy video games.) Creators of the device say they hope firefighters and emergency personnel will use the device to help them more easily navigate through thick smoke during fire emergencies…

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