Scientists try to surpass the human eye with a nickel-sized camera that includes zoom. Zoom would be incredibly handy.
Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are the first to develop a curvilinear camera, much like the human eye, with the significant feature of a zoom capability, unlike the human eye.
The "eyeball camera" has a 3.5x optical zoom, takes sharp images, is inexpensive to make and is only the size of a nickel. (A higher zoom is possible with the technology.)
While the camera won't be appearing at Best Buy any time soon, the tunable camera -- once optimized -- should be useful in many applications, including night-vision surveillance, robotic vision, endoscopic imaging and consumer electronics.
If you could get a bionic eye that was better than your natural eye would you pop for it? Imagine the ability to shift into infrared or ultraviolet as needed. A bionic eye would no doubt include the ability to take and store pictures too, all under thought control.
Beyond the human eye.
"We were inspired by the human eye, but we wanted to go beyond the human eye," said Yonggang Huang, Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. "Our goal was to develop something simple that can zoom and capture good images, and we've achieved that."
With a bionic eye properly networked you could also watch movies by just thinking yourself into movie-watching mode.
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