Digital cameras are everywhere, and are such a common everyday item, but most of us don’t really know how they are able to take and store a picture in such amazing detail. EngineerGuy to the rescue. Bill Hammock, better known as EngineerGuy on the MAKE blog, gives us a detailed rundown of how the CCD in our digital cameras work. The video is a great introduction to Bill’s new book, Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: Using the Elements to Create Extraordinary Technologies.
Eight Amazing Engineering Stories reveals the stories behind how engineers use specific elements to create the material world around us. In eight chapters, the EngineerGuy team exposes the magnificence of the innovation and engineering of digital camera imagers, tiny accelerometers, atomic clocks, enriched uranium, batteries, microwave ovens, lasers, and anodized metals. In addition, short primers cover the scientific principles underlying the engineering, including waves, nuclear structure, and electronic transitions. “In Depth” sections cover entropy, semiconductors, and the mathematics of capacitors. Eight Amazing Engineering Stories forms the basis of the fourth series of EngineerGuy videos found on-line.
The video is great, and the book looks fantastic. Find out more information about the book, and where you can buy it here.