Bionic eye in the works

Scientists look to the eye and Steve Austin for camera inspiration

Scientists in America have gone back to the drawing board to create a camera, and they have looked at the human eye for inspiration.

Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his team are trying to develop an eye-shaped camera, but using standard camera sensors.

Speaking to Reuters about the new technology, the team said that the device may lead to prosthetic devices such as bionic eyes.

Eye for a bionic eye

One of the biggest hurdles the scientists have had to overcome is applying microelectronic components to curved surfaces. The scientists have got round this by creating a mesh-like material that can be moulded to a curved surface.

"This is the first time we've demonstrated a camera on a curved surface to really make it look like a human eye, said Huang to Reuters.

"Currently when you take photos, the middle part of the picture is very clear but when you go to the edge, it is not so clear. The curved technology will make the entire picture clear."

At the moment, the camera works but it is a long way off actual production. "Right now we've already got a camera working," says Huang. "It works very well with computers. It's just how to connect the camera to the brain. That is the issue to be solved."

Just ask the government for $6 million dollars and they should be able to help. Well, it worked in the TV show.


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