Salt Grain Sized Camera

Microcameras may soon be built into almost everything, dramatically changing the way we collect video images and use them. As cameras become very small, they also become so cheap as to be disposable and that means they can be used in almost everything we manufacture, including our clothing and wall surfaces.

Cameras out of the salt shaker – [fraunhofer.de]

There have been gloves and shavers for one-off use for a long time. In future, there will also be disposable endoscopes for minimally invasive operations on the human body. A new microcamera is what makes it possible. It is as large as a grain of salt, supplies razor-sharp pictures and can be manufactured very inexpensively.

Researchers Create World’s Smallest Camera, No Bigger Than a Grain of Salt – [pcmag.com]

Think your webcam is small? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have developed a camera that’s no larger than a grain of salt. The “microcamera” (shown below next to a syringe) has the potential to re-invent medical cameras used to navigate surgeries as well as some aspects of cars and consumer electronics.

“At 1x1x1 millimeters, this camera is as small as coarsely ground grain of salt—the smallest camera that we are aware of,” Stephan Voltz, CEO of image-sensor developer Awaiba, said in a Fraunhofer press release.

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