University introduces 'bug cam'

May 15 2013 - 1:45pm

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In this May 10, 2013 photo, Viktor Malyarchuk adjusts a small camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects before begins a photo sequence of an insect in the optics lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, Young Min Song holds a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects in a lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, a small camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects begins a photo sequence of an insect in the optics lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects is shown next to a penny in a lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, John A. Rogers, director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, displays a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects in a lab in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, Viktor Malyarchuk adjusts a small camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects before begins a photo sequence of an insect in the optics lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, Young Min Song holds a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects in a lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, a small camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects begins a photo sequence of an insect in the optics lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects is shown next to a penny in a lab in the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
In this May 10, 2013 photo, John A. Rogers, director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois, displays a camera lens that mimics the bulging eyes of insects in a lab in Urbana, Ill. The camera features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths of field. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

 

URBANA, Ill. -- A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view.

The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths.

Team leader John Rogers is a professor of material science and chemistry and says he's been fascinated by bug's eyes since childhood. Their wide field of view helps insects like bees and flies escape dangers like humans who want to swat them.

The bug's eye camera is likely to be developed for uses ranging from security cameras to surgical endoscopes.

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Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vb7xWnZJq4fM

 

 

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