World’s First “Human Eye” Camera
U.S. researchers have created the world’s first “human eye” camera that could revolutionise photography, according to media reports Thursday.
The prototype device is about the same size and shape as a real eye and has a curved “retina” that is sensitive to light.
Digital cameras work by focusing light onto a silicon chip containing light-sensitive pixels. But expanding the field of view leads to distortion around the edges. That’s why vertebrate eyes are round — to capture more of a scene without losing clarity.
The bowl-shaped electronic “retina” made of silicon could usher in a new generation of distortion-free digital and video cameras.
Experiments already under way are testing other potential applications, including a thin, pliable monitor to detect electrical signals travelling across the undulating surface of the human brain.
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