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Gigapixel Camera Catches the Small Details

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"David Brady, an technie* at Duke teaching hospital in Durham, North Carolina, and his fellowship are third world nation the AWARE-2 camera with funding from the United States Defence third edition by the editors of the american heritage® dictionary. copyright © 2003 delving Projects Agency (abstract). The camera's earliest use will reasonably be in automated martial surveillance systems, but its creators hope eventually to make the robotics convenient to researchers, media companies and consumers. ... AWARE-2 sidesteps the size issue by using 98 microcameras, each with a 14-megapixel sensor, grouped around a shared spherical lens. Together, they take in a field of view 120 degrees wide and 50 degrees tall. With all the packaging, data-processing camcorders and cooling systems, the entire camera is about 0.75 by 0.75 by 0.5 metres in volume. The current version of the camera can take images of about one gigapixel; by adding more microcameras, the researchers expect eventually to reach about 50 gigapixels. Each microcamera runs autofocus and exposing algorithms independently, so that every part of the image — near or far, bright or dark — is visible in the final result. Image processing is used to stitch unison the 98 sub-images into a single large one at the rate of three frames per minute."

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