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Scientists reveal the world's first video camera that runs without battery

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New York : Scientists have unveiled the world's first self-powered camera that runs without battery and generates electricity using ambient light in a well-lit room. It can produce an image each second has been developed by researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist.

The resolution is low - it can produce one image per second, but it can, according to its designers, record video and images forever. To develop the prototype camera, researchers designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.

"We are in the middle of a digital imaging revolution," said Shree K Nayar, TC Chang Professor of Computer Science at the Columbia University, who led the study.

Researchers behind the camera are excited with the development and claim that it can produce an image each second. They claim that in order to develop the prototype camera they came out with a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.

“We are in the middle of a digital imaging revolution,” said Shree K Nayar, TC Chang Professor of Computer Science at the Columbia University, who led the study. The world’s first video camera that runs without battery Indian-origin scientist has developed a camera that runs without a battery and can produce an image each second.

While further detailing the innovation involving in the camera he noted that in the last year alone, approximately two billion cameras of various types were sold worldwide.

“I think we have just seen the tip of the iceberg. Digital imaging is expected to enable many emerging fields including wearable devices, sensor networks, smart environments, personalised medicine, and the Internet of Things. “A camera that can function as an untethered device forever – without any external power supply – would be incredibly useful,” said Nayar.

The work was not easy. Nayar realised that although digital cameras and solar panels have different purposes – one measures light while the other converts light to power – both are constructed from essentially the same components. At the heart of any digital camera is an image sensor, a chip with millions of pixels.

The key enabling device in a pixel is the photodiode, which produces an electric current when exposed to light. This mechanism enables each pixel to measure the intensity of light falling on it. Nayar and colleagues used off-the-shelf components to fabricate an image sensor with 30×40 pixels.




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