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Scientists Develop a Camera 10 Microns Thick that Creates Images with Math

Thought the grain-of-salt-sized camera announced in Germany earlier this year was small? Well, researchers at Cornell have created a camera just 1/100th of a millimeter thick and 1mm on each size that has no lens or moving parts. The Planar Fourier Capture Array (PFCA) is simply a flat piece of doped silicon that cost just a few cents each. After light information is gathered, some fancy mathematical magic (i.e. the Fourier transform) turns the information into a 20×20 pixel “photo”. The fuzzy photo of the Mona Lisa above was shot using this camera.

Obviously, the camera won’t be very useful for ordinary photography, but it could potentially be extremely useful in science, medicine, and gadgets.

(via Cornell Chronicle via Engadget)


 
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  • http://twitter.com/gabeforprez gabeforprez

    impressive

  • Vincent

    Fourier transform is not magic. It’s very old, proven and useful technique. Magic is based on bullshit, Fourier transform isn’t

  • Anonymous

    Looks like that guy from Saw :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1514979480 Ryan Hemenway

    she looks like she has a moustache.