Scientists at the University of Washington have created a camera so tiny, it can be carried on an insect's back.
Scientist developed it to test and explore the potentials of miniature cameras. The scientists published their research on July 15 in Science Robotics.
Their camera can rotate 60 degrees and streams videos in black and white to a smartphone at one to five frames per second.
They used a tiny ultra low power camera that can sweep across a field of view with the help of a mechanical arm that pivots 60 degrees, mimicking how an insect sees its environment.
The camera and arm can be controlled through Bluetooth from a smartphone, which can be up to 394 feet away!
The camera is so light it was carried by a beetle, giving users a bug's eye view of the world. The camera weighs only 248 milligrams. Awesome isn't it?
The researchers chose beetles as their test subjects because they thought beetles have the required strength to carry the cameras. They don't bite or sting too.
But the researchers are aware of the prospect of it being used to spy on people, in which case, it would be difficult for the subject to detect it.
They also acknowledge privacy concerns this raises.
Senior author Shyam Gollakota said: "As researchers, we strongly believe that it's really important to put something in the public domain, so people are aware of the risks, and so people can start coming up with solutions to address them".
The team hopes their device can be used to explore remote environments and serve biological purposes.
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