November 27, 2013 AT 7:17 am

Inexpensive ‘nano-camera’ can operate at the speed of light

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Inexpensive ‘nano-camera’ can operate at the speed of light – MIT News Office.

A $500 “nano-camera” that can operate at the speed of light has been developed by researchers in the MIT Media Lab.

The three-dimensional camera, which was presented last week at Siggraph Asia in Hong Kong, could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and to improve the accuracy of motion tracking and gesture-recognition devices used in interactive gaming.

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  1. After digging around, I found their project site ( and likely the sensor chip and board they used (

  2. “In contrast, the new “nano-camera” probes the scene with a continuous-wave signal that oscillates at nanosecond periods. … meaning the camera can reach a time resolution within one order of magnitude of femtophotography…”

    Well, six (decimal) orders of magnitude (between femto and nano), but who’s counting. :-)

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