Those cats at MIT
have been at it again: when not fooling around in their dorm rooms
or playing with robot snails
, they're toiling away in the lab late at night developing technologies that could well become commonplace in our everyday lives. Their latest breakthrough is a sphere-shaped web of photo-detecting fibers that can measure the direction, intensity, and phase of light, something previously only possible with traditional lens-based optics. Unlike lenses, however, the fiber webs have an unlimited field of view, opening up a whole range of new possibilities like improved space telescopes or sensitive clothing to provide increased awareness to soldiers or the blind. Still in the research phase, this tech is likely a long ways from trickling down into the consumer space, although researchers do see the common man eventually using it to enhance interaction with computers and video games.
[Via Digital Camera Info