Photography Without a Lens? Future of Images May Lie in Data

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.

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