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New Medical Camera the Size of a Grain of Salt 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the unlocking-the-mysteries-of-your-salt-shaker dept.
kkleiner writes "The German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which is roughly as big as a grain of salt. At about a cubic millimeter in size, this camera is right at the size limit that the human eye can see unaided. The camera not only produces decent images but is also very cheap to manufacture — so cheap, in fact, that it is considered disposable."
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New Medical Camera the Size of a Grain of Salt

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  • Re:Are you blind? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MozeeToby (1163751) on Monday April 11, 2011 @05:16PM (#35786040)

    It depends how far away your eye is from it. The claim stands.

    Then you could make the same claim for anything.

    "US Navy reveals a a new battleship that is smaller than the human eye can see*

    *if the human is 5 million miles away from said battleship"

    Reasonably, 'at the size limit the human eye can see' to me means exactly that. There is a size below which you can't see unaided, no matter how close you bring your eye to the object because there's a limit to how closely your eye can focus. That size is at least one, and probably 2 orders of magnitude smaller than this camera.

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