'Super' camera puts human eye to shame.

Author:Beidel, Eric
Position:Defense Technology Newswire - Brief article
 
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Duke University recently tested a camera that can read street signs and license plates from more than 270 yards away.

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Developed under DARPA's Advanced Wide Field of View Architectures for Image Reconstruction and Exploitation (AWARE) program, the prototype is a 1-gigapixel imager made up of about 100 microcameras. Rut engineers already have published another design that improves upon it.

The 50-gigapixel camera that DARPA has in mind would be 2,000 times more powerful than current digital technology and would be able to see a vehicle's tag number from nearly a mile away. Until that system is developed, researchers are building a 10-gigapixel camera that will be able to...

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