Three days ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), revealed its latest project, a gigapixel camera. The said device is capable of capturing photos at a much higher resolution than the normal human eye can distinguish. The agency tested a 1.4 and .96 gigapixel camera and plans to continue doing research on the technology in hopes that it will deliver a resolution of between 10 and 50 gigapixels.
So, just how powerful is this camera? To put into perspective, an 8-megapixel camera from a smartphone has 8,000 pixels; a gigapixel is 1,000 megapixels, or 1 billion pixels. The camera works much like a parallel processor supercomputer as it uses between 110 and 150 micro cameras to create a wide panoramic high-resolution image.
DARPA said that the camera is part of their AWARE (Advanced Wide Field of- Vision Architectures for Image Exploitation) program which aims to improve the military’s vision in the battlefield. The new imaging technology could be used by soldiers in improving their scopes to better see enemy forces from long distances. It could also be utilized for UAV cameras for surveillance in hostile territory. The gigapixel camera currently measures two-and-half feet square and 20 inches deep, which is considerably large to be produced. Nevertheless, it’s a great step forward in imaging technology.
We could all be taking pictures in a much higher resolution someday where distance won’t be a really big issue. This is something we all look forward to especially the photographers. Stay tuned to keep updated about DARPA’s gigabyte camera.
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