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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Can you imagine a camera in your toothbrush that acts as a crystal ball into your health? How about a robot paparazzi cloud trailing celebrities?

As a postdoctoral associate at MIT, Barmak Heshmat is working on inventing novel imaging systems and is excited possibilities that these imaging systems can provide for the future of health, industry and social culture. His talk introduces five major and unusual paradigm shifts that are fundamentally changing the concept of cameras and imaging.

Dr. Barmak Heshmat is a futurist and a photonics engineer at MIT working on inventing novel imaging systems. He has given numerous public talks on cutting edge technologies and their future such as “Business of Invisibles” at TEDxUVic and other talks on his Youtube channel “Future Avenues”.


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Barmak Heshmat

Barmak Heshmat

Barmak Heshmat is the head of optics at Meta, a silicon valley startup that manufactures augmented reality displays for professional use case. Prior to Meta, Dr. Heshmat was a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for four years where he invented the time-folded optics which allows designing optics in the time dimension. His other works include reading through closed books using THz batch scanning technique and Imaging through complex geometries using time-of-flight cameras. Dr. Heshmat has given invited talks at five TEDx events, and numerous other venues and academic institutions.

He has published 22 journal papers and filed 15 US patents. Some of these papers and inventions have been featured on MIT cover page, BBC, TechCrunch and many other media outlets. Dr. Heshmat is also the founder of the ‘Imaginarium of Technology’ (iMT) which is a technical illustration service company that illustrates future technologies