Scientists Unveil Gigapixel Supercamera
Images reveal unseen details
Scientists on Thursday unveiled a supercamera capable of taking gigapixel images that reveal details in a scene with 1,000 times greater resolution than ordinary cameras. David Brady and colleagues from Duke University engineered the two-by-two-foot-square camera, dubbed AWARE2, to combine images from 98 14-megapixel microcameras, each with separate autofocus and exposure, that peer through a single spherical lens with a 120-degree field of view. A single image of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge allows researchers to track individual tundra swans, invisible to standard cameras, and analyze their behavior. “You can capture as much information as possible and look at it for five years”, Illah Nourbakhsh, a roboticist at Carnegie Mellon University, said. Brady’s team expects to eventually reach 50-gigapixel capacity in the camera.
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