Electronic eye camera in the flesh
Rogers’ colleague at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Heung Cho Ko wrapped up the morning session with the story behind the group’s electronic eye camera. The name comes from the fact that the imaging device features a curved detector just like the eye - a geometry that can produce great picture quality from a simple lens.
You’ve probably already guessed, but the structures behind the shaped image sensor are none other than silicon nanoribbons.
I spoke with Heung Cho Ko after the presentation to find out a bit more about the group’s prototype device, which he had placed on display. Ko hopes that the simple lens configuration will lead to extremely affordable imaging systems such as cameras in the near term and then vision-based robotics as the technology matures.
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