Camera lenses go liquid

liquid lens

Though people have been kicking around the idea of it for a little while now, it appears that French company Varioptic's patents on water and oil based liquid lenses are finally ready to yield some early prototypes. This could be a huge milestone for portable optics, as liquid lenses would theoretically have 1/10th the power consumption as regular lenses, an extremely fast response rate (2/100ths of a second) and with no moving parts, have very small dimensions in a durable, robust package. Sound too good to be true? Well, we'll see what develops, but apparently Samsung and Philips are very anxious to get rolling with this, and we can see why.

[Via Technology Trends]