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]