from the July 2014 issue

'Eavesdropper' hears you 1,000 feet away

A device developed by an Israeli scientist can pick up conversations from hundreds of feet away without a microphone. "Using a laser beam with a camera, we can detect the voice wave patterns of the sounds that a person makes when they are talking," says Bar-Ilan University Professor Zev Zalevsky, who helped design the system. "We take these wave patterns and translate them back into voice, and thus can interpret what was said from even a long distance away."

The system is the latest use for a technology and device Zalevsky designed in 2011 together with Friends of the Earth Middle East. But with the most recent round of peace talks having collapsed last month, there is little hope of making progress on any of the core issues anytime soon.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report July 2014

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