Gigapixel Camera: Supercameras Could Capture Never-Before-Seen Detail

By on Jun 21, 2012 in Camera, Technology, United States, World Comments
Gigapixel Camera

Gigapixel Camera
Image Credit: Duke University Imaging
and Spectroscopy Program

A gigapixel camera was recently unveiled by researchers from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The supercamera, that could capture never-before-seen detail, can take pictures with 1,000 megapixels images at a rate of about three frames per minute, as reported by several international news sites on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Reports say that the new gigapixel camera uses 98 identical microcameras with optics and a 14-megapixel sensor. These microcameras enable the device to capture images through a single large spherical lens. Images are reportedly captured in less than a tenth of a second.

The small optics has reportedly brought down the cost of manufacturing the supercamera. The gigapixel camera dimensions is reportedly about 29.5 by 29.5 by 19.6 inches.

Duke University imaging researcher David Brady explained that these supercameras may be beneficial to military, commercial and civilian applications. Below is Brady‘s issued statement to InnovationNewsDaily.

In the near-term, gigapixel cameras will be used for wide-area security, large-scale event capture — for example, sport events and concerts — and wide-area multiple-user scene surveillance — for example, wildlife refuges, natural wonders, tourist attractions.

As an example, a gigapixel camera mounted over the Grand Canyon or Times Square will enable arbitrarily large numbers of users to simultaneously log on and explore the scene via telepresence with much greater resolution than they could if they were physically present.

I believe that the need to store, manage and mine these data streams will be the definitive application of supercomputers.

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