One-Pixel Camera, Is That Possible?

One-Pixel Camera

Rice University in Houston, Texas has announced a breakthrough in imaging sensor technology where high-resolution images are captured on a single imaging diode–just one pixel. By the magic of high technology, this one pixel camera can produce a digital photo consisting of one million pixels.

It’s just a matter of efficient design, said the Rice researchers. Essentially, the one-pixel camera takes one-pixel snapshots at a time, in rapid succession. The one-megapixel photo is assembled by using some new mathematics and a silicon chip covered with hundreds of thousands of mirrors the size of a single bacterium.

As an added benefit, the single-pixel device may be able to capture a much wider range of wavelengths, including x-rays, infrared, and ultraviolet light, according to the engineers. Of course, it’s still a long way before it becomes a consumer product.

In the meantime, the Rice engineers hope to use the technology in scientific applications in the non-visible areas of the light spectrum, but may eventually make its way into consumer cameras.

[Via Adorama.com]

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Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.