Bee with electronic compound eye, concept

Bee with electronic compound eye, concept

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Credit: PROFESSOR JOHN ROGERS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bee with electronic compound-eye, conceptual image. The electronic eye consists of an array of 180 miniature lenses on the surface of a curved polymer base. Each microlens is connected to a silicon photodetector. The entire unit measures one centimetre in diameter and is designed to mimic the structure of an insect's compound eye. It is capable of taking low resolution digital images. Wide-angle compound-lens cameras could in future be used on surveillance equipment, unmanned flying vehicles and medical endoscopes. Built by the Rogers Research Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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