An artist's rendtition of the lens, courtesy of Francesco Alta.
A new flat lens developed by scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences could revolutionise camera technology as we know it.
The lens is made of a super thin layer of silicone and has gold elements, enabling it to focus light waves without distorting the image. The lens measures just 60 nanometres thick, and could enable camera phones to take pictures of DSLR quality.
The gold within the silicone is etched away in to V shaped grooves which enable the light to go through the sensor at slightly different speeds across the lens, resulting in a distortion free image.
For more information, visit the Harvard SEAS website