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MIT Scientists Create Nano Fiber Webs That Can See

A sphere-shaped web of photo-detecting fibers developed by MIT scientists can sense the optical properties of the entire volume of space around it, as well as detect the source of incoming light.
Scientists at MIT have developed a complex optical system of mesh-like webs that can detect light. The fibers act as an innovative lens when in a web design and in the shape of a sphere. In contrast to the standard lens-based optics, the fiber constructs created by the team at MIT have several advantages, including the ability to measure the direction and intensity of light without lenses or filters that are common to optical systems such as cameras and the human eye.
Sphere-shaped web of photo-detecting fibers
Image courtesy / Greg Hren. Provided by Dr. Yoel Fink, MIT. A sphere-shaped web of photo-detecting fibers developed by MIT scientists can sense the optical properties of the entire volume of space around it, as well as detect the source of incoming light.
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