Tuesday, 15 Mar, 2011 Technology

Latest Invention: Camera Able to Shoot Color Images in the Dark


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Researchers from the Nanosystem Research Division of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) were able to come up with a new technology that makes use of infrared radiation in order to help the user take color pictures in the dark. It would be worth noting, however, that the shot images do not have the exact shades.

In the future researchers look forward to improving the camera, so it would make images with more colors and even shoot video that would look as though it was shot during the day.

It is worth mentioning that the camera uses very sensitive infrared photography technology. The latter scans the surroundings in order to generate a digital layout. Following the production of the digital picture, the camera generates different algorithms that scan the wavelengths just when the nearby objects are lighted up by the infrared radiation.

The next step involves the camera deciding upon the basis of the wavelengths generated by the colors of the objects and enriching the picture with colors.

Researchers say that the camera can be used in different ways, including wildlife tracking and in the development of next-gen security cameras.

Currently the team works on making the camera more compact and durable. In addition, researchers are developing a new lens that would allow capturing pictures from a distance.

It was said that a commercial version of the device is expected to hit the stores by the end of 2011.

[via DigInfo]

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