April 12, 2011 AT 12:16 am

New Disposable, Medical Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

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New Disposable, Medical Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt via jwz...

Thanks to a German research institute, in the very near future, we may not even see the cameras looking back at us at all.

It may not be news that camera technology is getting smaller, but it is newsworthy when an important milestone is reached. Take the announcement from the German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration for example. They recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which is the size of a grain of salt. At about a cubic millimeter in size, this camera is right at the size limit that the human eye can see unaided. The camera not only produces decent images but it is also very cheap to manufacture…so cheap in fact that it is considered disposable.

1mm x 1mm x 1.5mm, 255×255 px @ 45fps

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2 Comments

  1. This is really awesome – but since when was 1mm x 1mm x 1.5mm the limit of the human eye? Maybe it’s the lens – which looks much smaller than 1mm – that’s at the limit?

  2. Wow, it would be great if they are ever available for sale at a reasonable price. Just think of the possibilities in robotics for small cheap video camera, or in UAVs, the list goes on :)

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