It might seem like the problem with cell phone cameras stems from packing an imaging apparatus into such a small space. But California startup Pelican Imaging wants to up your cell phone’s image quality by packing 25 cameras into the same space. The company claims not only does their camera-array technology produce better image and video quality from a slimmer overall device, but it also does some things that a conventional single-lens camera cannot.
What we regularly refer to as “night vision goggles” are actually less like goggles and more like heavy, bulky (and outrageously expensive) pieces of machinery. But DARPA funded research at the U. of Florida has adapted technology regularly found in flat-screen OLED televisions to create a thin film that turns any infrared signal into visible light, which could integrate cheap night vision tech into car windshields, cell phone cameras and even regular eyeglasses.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.