Researchers making super-thin lenses

May 23 2005 - 11:28 AM ET |
Researchers in Canada are working on a new lens technology that should increase the quality of camera phone photos while at the same time take up less space. Made up of light-sensitive liquid crystals, the lens is five times thinner than a sheet of paper. It can zoom and focus without any moving parts, only tiny jolts of electricity are needed. bq. "We have found an elegant and simple solution," said Galstian, who is now looking for an industrial partner to help build a prototype and overcome remaining technical hurdles. Another type of camera phone lens being researched uses liquid and electricity. [via PhoneScoop]