Wide-Angle Digicam Modeled After Bug’s Eyes
Researchers at the University of Illinois have built a device that mimics the ocular systems found in dragonflies, bees, and other insects.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have created a digital camera that works like a bug’s eye. The interdisciplinary team used designs that mimic ocular systems found in dragonflies, bees, praying mantises, and other insects. This technology offers exceptionally wide-angle fields of view, with low aberrations, high acuity to motion, and nearly infinite depth of field.
The camera features a large array of tiny focusing lenses and miniaturized detectors in a hemisphere. It combines soft and rubbery optics with high performance silicon electronics and detectors.