Researchers from Princeton University in collaboration with the University of Washington have developed a tiny camera module the size of a grain of salt.
This will have major implications for mobile cameras
The quality of the optics should be as good as cameras that are 500,000 times larger – all thanks to a new optical system referred to as a “hidden surface” and machine learning. You don’t have to be in a lab with a perfect environment either, as you did a few years ago.
There are 1.6 million cylindrical units in these that interact with light to produce images. Researchers say these devices are so small that they are about the size of HIV.
This is how it works:
This technology can turn the entire back of the phone into a highly advanced camera system
This is a shrinking technology where nanostructures are used with finishing algorithms. Since it is developed with silicon nitride, it can be easily implemented in technology, faster and cheaper.
What does this have to say for the mobile phones of the future? Much:
We can turn individual surfaces into Ultra HD cameras, so you no longer need three cameras on the back of your phone, but the entire back of your phone will be one giant camera. We can think of completely different ways of building modules in the future.
Felix Hyde, Princeton.
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