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Apple Patents Camera That Allows You To Refocus Images
2013-11-27 04:23:37

Bryan P. Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Steve Jobs, legendary co-founder of Apple and visionary behind many of the iDevices we hold so near and dear, once said that his wish list included the reinvention of three industries: textbooks, television and photography. Now it seems that Apple may soon have new technology that will give your iPhone photos and selfies a substantial upgrade. The US Patent and Trademark Office confirmed this week that Apple was granted a patent...

bugs eye view camera
2013-05-02 05:08:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have created a new digital camera using a design that mimics ocular systems found in dragonflies, bees, praying mantises and other insects. This class of technology offers exceptionally wide-angle fields of view, with low aberrations, high acuity to motion, and a virtually infinite depth of field. The devices exploit large arrays of tiny focusing lenses and miniaturized detectors in hemispherical layouts —...

Photons Read Faster Than Ever Before With Newly Developed Diode
2012-11-07 10:37:44

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft When it comes to imaging, every single photon counts if there is barely any available light. This is the point where the latest technologies often reach their limits. Researchers have now developed a diode that can read photons faster than ever before. Fast and ultrasensitive optical systems are gaining increasing significance and are being used in a diverse range of applications, for example, in imaging procedures in the fields of medicine and biology, in...

2012-05-25 10:43:09

Many people anticipating the creation of an invisibility cloak might be surprised to learn that a group of American researchers has created 25 000 individual cloaks. But before you rush to buy one from your local shop, the cloaks are just 30 micrometers in diameter and are laid out together on a 25 millimeter gold sheet. This array of invisibility cloaks is the first of its kind and has been created by researchers from Towson University and University of Maryland who present their study...

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2011-01-21 09:56:21

Microscopically small nanostructured arrays of lenses that can record or project amazingly sharp images in brilliant colors are being demonstrated by Fraunhofer research scientists at the nano tech 2011 trade show in Tokyo from February 16 to 18. Lights off "“ projector on. Lecture theaters, conference halls and seminar rooms currently have to be darkened if the speaker wants to project a presentation on screen. Unfortunately, the attention of the listeners goes off with the lights, and...

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2010-12-22 11:08:10

The lens is what matters: if lens arrays could be made of glass, it would be possible to make more conveniently sized projectors. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a process that allows this key component to be mass produced with extreme accuracy. Projectors are getting smaller and smaller. Now that pictures are available in digital format almost everywhere, we need projectors to beam giant photos and films onto walls. Projectors contain lenses that spread the light from the pixelated...

2009-05-12 07:34:34

Like tiny Jedi knights, tunable fluidic micro lenses can focus and direct light at will to count cells, evaluate molecules or create on-chip optical tweezers, according to a team of Penn State engineers. They may also provide imaging in medical devices, eliminating the necessity and discomfort of moving the tip of a probe. Conventional, fixed focal length lenses can focus light at only one distance. The entire lens must move to focus on an object or to change the direction of the light....

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2006-05-01 07:20:00

BERKELEY -- Using the eyes of insects such as dragonflies and houseflies as models, a team of bioengineers at University of California, Berkeley, has created a series of artificial compound eyes. These eyes can eventually be used as cameras or sensory detectors to capture visual or chemical information from a wider field of vision than previously possible, even with the best fish-eye lens, said Luke P. Lee, the team's principal investigator. Potential applications include surveillance;...

2006-04-28 07:09:50

Super-powered, they are modeled on those of insects, developers say U.S. scientists say they've created super-powerful artificial eyes inspired by those of dragonflies and other insects. "I've always wanted to create an advanced, three-dimensional optical system, but conventional microfabrication technology is two-dimensional. So, I started thinking about basing a fabrication system on the developmental stages of insect eyes that I'd learned about as a biophysicist and bioengineer," said...


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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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