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View Full Version : Bug-eyed Lens May Mean Slimmer Camera Phones

Kris Kumar
05-04-2005, 12:30 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7332' target='_blank'>http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7332</a><br /><br /></div><i>"The multitude of lenses that make up an insect's eye is providing inspiration for a new generation of super-slim camera phone. Conventional camera lenses cannot be shrunk below a few millimetres in thickness before reducing the field of view. But a compound lens, made from hundreds of tiny "micro lenses", can be made around one-tenth of the width, while retaining the same field of view and quality of image. ... Bräuer told New Scientist that in theory it should be possible to make compound lenses just a few hundred micrometres in thickness. This could make it possible to <b>install a camera into a smart card </b>that could then perform simple image recognition tasks, he says."</i> <br /><br />Wow, it's amazing how science and technology is able to miniaturize things. 8O According to the article, micro lenses can be used for only applications that require low quality. :-( <i>Hmm,</i> isn't that one step forward and five steps backward?