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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

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posted on Jul, 14 2009 @ 09:20 AM
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We will soon not need the glass lenses in our cameras and it will be possible to take 360 degree photos with even the clothes that we wear. This is a watershed discovery and it has many civil as well as military applications. This is the way to go - Nanotechnology



Picture a wall that stares back at you. Or a uniform that shows a soldier a 360-degree view of the battlefield. Both scenarios are possible courtesy of a new generation of flexible, translucent fibers developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. These so-called multimaterial fibers can turn incoming light waves into images without the need for a camera lens. And unlike fiber optic cables, they can transmit images that have been captured across their entire length.



Current cameras rely on lenses to produce a recognizable image. The curved glass or plastic of a lens focuses light waves reflected off an object onto a surface that can display the resulting images, either film or, in the case of digital cameras, charged-coupled devices. The idea has worked well for decades, but it's always contained an Achilles' heel: Damage the lens, and you lose or diminish the ability to see.


Source: sciencenow.sciencemag.org...


[edit on 14-7-2009 by sunny_2008ny]




posted on Jul, 16 2009 @ 02:19 PM
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This is definitely something to help fuel my paranoia. The concept is really quite scary when you think about it. Though improbable, imagine a world where such technology was in all clothing allowing the government to truly have an all-seeing eye of sorts.

Even if its unlikely, the idea frightens me.



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