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A MICROCHIP-sized digital camera patented by the California Institute of Technology could provide vision for the US military's insect-sized aircraft. It is light enough to be carried by these tiny surveillance drones and also uses very little power.
In today's minicams, the image sensors and support circuitry are on separate microchips, and most of the power goes on communication between the chips. Now with Pentagon and NASA funding, Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena has squeezed all the components of a camera onto one low-power chip, revealed in a US patent filed last week (www.tinyurl.com/ojwmdq).
The gadget can be radio-controlled via a secure frequency-hopping link from up to a kilometre away, say its inventors. newscientist
Originally posted by muzzleflash
Oh crap. Now we have to be careful what flys we swat.
If you swat a govt fly they may charge you 10,000$
how much more annoying could the govt get than being a fly
10. The camera of claim 8 where the volume of the camera as a whole is not more than approximately four cubic inches.
The invention relates to a highly miniaturized camera, and more specifically to a highly miniaturized, low power, digital wireless camera.
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
Yet the patent application is dated 2007. Odd, that. (?)
It would seem the article's reference is more the chip itself as opposed to the fully-constructed camera device.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
...and be on the lookout for any suspicious flies.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
They don't behave like normal flies. They are very much alike, but not quite.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
What kind of power cell could transmit streaming video at a strength detectable by satellites or nearby receivers? How long could it transmit for? How sensitive must the receivers be? What resolution and depth of field would be available? What would be the focal point? How much light can be absorbed through a minute lens?
Originally posted by Foppezao
...also capable of delivering a chemical/poisonnous agent