A new digital camera can produce an image every second theoretically forever – by using the same light used to take the picture!
It’s all to do with the image sensor inside the heart of any digital camera, which is a chip with millions of pixels.
The key part in a pixel is something called the photodiode, which produces an electrical current when exposed to light.
An engineering professor at Columbia University in New York realised a photodiode is also used in solar panels but this time to convert light to electricity – the photovoltaic mode.
Shree K Nayar and his team used off-the-shelf parts to create a an image sensor with 30 x 40 pixels. In this prototype, housed in a 3D printed body, each pixel’s photodiode is always operated in the photovoltaic mode.
And while the image appears basic in the video above, the team thinks it is a “significant step forward” in developing new cameras that could work potentially forever.