Urbana -- A tiny new camera
developed at an Illinois
university is giving researchers a bug's eye view.
The camera created by a research team at
the University of
Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes.
It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the
ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths.
Team leader John Rogers is a professor of
material science and chemistry and says he's been fascinated by bug's eyes
since childhood. Their wide field of view helps insects like bees and flies
escape dangers like humans who want to swat them.
The bug's eye camera is likely to be
developed for uses ranging from security cameras to surgical endoscopes.
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