The newly developed silicon phototransistor could take photography by storm, helping cameras to achieve photos and videos in a quicker manner and with unprecedented accuracy.
The transistor’s developers explained that they drew inspiration for their work from animals’ eyes. The team now hopes that the new phototransistor would have thousands of applications from digital cameras, night-vision headsets, and smoke detectors to satellites, military equipment, and many other devices that are embedded with electronic light sensors.
The phototransistor could boost the performance of digital cameras, allowing them to take photos at a dramatically increased speed and higher resolution.
Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma and Jung-Hun Seo, who were the two developers of the fast-performing piece and electrical engineering experts with the UW-Madison, said that their phototransistor tops other silicon phototransistors on the market in both response time and photosensitivity.
Ma explained that the newly designed phototransistor displays high sensitivity and stable performance while also having a high level of flexibility. This feat was never achieved in current phototransistors.
A research paper on the transistor was published in the journal Advanced Optical Materials.
But digital photography could be revolutionized by other innovations, as well. For instance the technology dubbed light-field recording allows cameras to capture every optical aspect of the object is being photographed.
Light-field cameras allow snapshots to be tweaked for exposure, focus and depth of field after they were taken. The technology shows promising results in facial-recognition systems and cameras that can shoot snaps of the world that would be otherwise too blurry when looking out of a window.
Another innovation that could change digital photography forever is organic camera sensors. These sensors do not require large photodiodes for every pixel. Plus, they are compatible with light-sensitive organic layers.
Liquid zoom lenses changed mobile phone cameras forever. Because they do not contain moving parts they can last longer and they can fit into limited physical space while also being battery-friendly.
Liquid zoom lenses act just like the human eye: they shape-shift to zoom in or focus without help from mechanics. Researchers were able to change shape of two drops of liquid through electricity. The technology, which is called ‘electrowetting’ was already patented.
The quality of videos may soon increase, too, as 8k quality may soon be the norm.
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