CAMERAS MADE OUT OF FLEXIBLE SHEETS CAN SNAP IMAGES THAT CONVENTIONAL CAMERAS CANNOT MANAGE INVENTED.

Bend to change the field of view

In a video posted to YouTube, a team from Columbia University in the US has set out how they developed a sheet camera.

The sheet features an array of lenses where the focal length of each lenses adapts to how much it is being flexed. And the researchers achieved that using an elastic material.

And one very cool potential prospect is a credit card-sized camera that can be flexed to change the field of view.

Wrap around images

A sheet camera could also be wrapped around a street lamp to give 360-degree video or around a car so that a driver would have situational awareness with no blind spots.

The future

The team from the university’s Computer Vision Laboratory has raised the prospect of moving beyond a prototype and to a future where thin and high-resolution sheet cameras could be produced like rolls of plastic sheeting.

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