12th month: MIT says 3D nano-camera operates at the speed of light

Dec. 9, 2013

Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have developed a 3D camera based on time-of-flight technology which the team claims can operate at the speed of light, as well as generate 3D models of translucent or near-transparent objects. The camera, which the team has dubbed the "nano-camera," costs only $500 and works similar to the newly-released second-generation Microsoft Kinect device, in that the location of objects is calculated according to the time it takes a light signal to reflect off a surface and return to the sensor.

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James Carroll

Former VSD Editor James Carroll joined the team 2013.  Carroll covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles, Carroll managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.

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