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06-28-2012, 03:28 AM   #31
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What is said: Blah blah blah blah.
What is heard: My dreams fulfilled!
That's so true! And not just for photo buffs like us - it's probably the primary driver of the entire late night infomercial industry.

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Oh yeah, not to forget the atomic helicopters and robot house servants, heh heh. But much of what I mentioned are actually in somebody's pipeline. Only question is: Ricoh's?

Some stuff that *will* hit the ground eventually, maybe sooner rather than later:

* Dust-speck optics, little flying motes with single-pixel sensors and RF linkage. A cloud of these can easily (with much computer assistance) produce high-res 3D pics.

* Insect-eye adaptive mirror optics, a miniaturized version of what's used in some major astronomical telescopes already. Configure the mini-mirrors to any desired focus.

* Optical interferometry, where widely-separated sensors|mirrors form a virtual lens of any desired focal length and aperture. This concept is old-hat in radio astronomy.

* Implanted optics|sensors. Old news. The trick is engineering them for mass production. These need NOT be implanted in the front of a human head. Would you like to have working eyes tattooed onto your hands? Look Ma, Ricoh eyes!

There's a technology saying: Last year, it was impossible. Next year, WalMart will discount it. IOW, yesterday's SciFi is tomorrow's loss-leader. Bet on it.
Teleportation seems a long way off though... ;-)

PS: If indeed the universe is a hologram then I suppose it would be possible to project a quantum accurate representation of someone so that everyone actually perceived it as real. Forgive me... i'm on flu medication.
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* insect-eye lenses of infinitely variable focal length and speed
Not to forget to mention the work which already is done by Samsung to develop a "Fluid Lens" (Samsung files patent for liquid zoom lens.)

Just to add to the mix.

Greetings

Samsung files patent for liquid zoom lens
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Not to forget to mention the work which already is done by Samsung to develop a "Fluid Lens" (Samsung files patent for liquid zoom lens.)

Just to add to the mix.

Greetings

Samsung files patent for liquid zoom lens
Sounds a bit hard to swallow

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