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Massachusetts Institute of Technology is funding a new project led by professor Dina Katabi, for developing a software for X-Ray vision, enabling people to see beyond walls and opaque barriers.

The idea is to use sensors that will detect wireless signals through the barriers and indicate movements and activities that may be occuring there. The signals may also be capable of identifying the person standing behind, based on their silhoutte, skeletal structure and heart rate.

The person will be represented as a red dot on the software and his or her movement can be tracked in real time.

A company called Emerald will begin marketing the software in 2017, with a price tag of around $US250-$US300 ($A348-$A418). They are expecting to make the device smaller by then and make it smartphone-compatible.

Although in its infancy, the technology is expected to have great application for military and law enforcement agencies, especially in situations concerning hostages and kidnaps.