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Camera Mimics an Insect’s Compound Eyes

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URBANA, Ill., May 1, 2013 — A hemispherical-shaped digital camera that mimics the design of ocular systems found in arthropods offers a wide-angle bug’s-eye view and nearly infinite depth of field for applications ranging from advanced surveillance cameras to miniaturized endoscopes. Insects have unique compound eyes that comprise arrays of smaller eyes acting together to provide image perception. Each small eye, known as an ommatidium, is made up of a corneal lens, a crystalline cone and a light-sensitive organ at the base. The entire system is configured to provide exceptional imaging properties, many of...Read full article

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