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.


Published by Chris Malinao

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