image: Columbia Vision Laboratory/Columbia University
By DAVE GERSHGORN December 23, 2015 : The New York Times Company
"The light passes through a glass sphere instead of a traditional lens, and it is diffracted into a cup of angled sensors. Because the camera knows exactly how light will pass through the sphere, it decodes and stitches the data from each sensor to make a complete image.
“The hope is that if this architecture is adopted, you’ll see smaller and smaller cameras producing images with orders of magnitude higher resolution,” Mr. Nayar said.