New Camera Sees The World Like a Bug

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Ever seen a Bug’s Life? Well, the bugs in that movie don’t exactly have human like eyes. Instead, they have many little eyes that somehow or another via a nerve network fuse into one giant eye. Researchers at University of Illinois Champaign Urbana have created a camera that can see just the way that a bug can. It’s done through electronic detectors and microlenses that produce a small image in a given area since the eye’s design is in a half cone shape.

The result: A camera with a 180 degree field of view and a near infinite depth of field and perfect focus in every part of the captured image. This isn’t to be confused with a Light Field Camera like the Lytro, but it is similar. If it can be brought into commercial use, this will be extremely interesting in the photo world.

Via Geek


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