Scientists have developed a “bug’s eye” digital camera, and they developed it from a model readily available–the compound eye of bugs. Via TechNewsDaily:
The compound eyes found in most insects consist of long, cylindrical units called omatidia: a cornea connected to a photosensitive organ and surrounded with a dark pigment to prevent light from one lens leaking into neighboring lenses. These omatidia are clustered together in a dome shape with the lenses facing outward, and collectively, they form the compound eye of the insect.
To duplicate nature’s technology, tiny microlens were connected to a photoreceptive computer chip, and embedded in a sheet of flexible rubber. One item to note, scientists were only able to use 200-500 of their artifical omatidia, as opposed to the 10,000 to 20,000 omatidia found in some bugs. Talk about high resolution.
The camera’s advantages are significant. With a flexible, curved lens, multiple subjects can be photographed simultaneously. The camera also handles 160 degree views, without suffering any distortion in peripheral distance or light distortion.
Sounds like the future of hi-def is here.