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Researchers in Germany have built a camera that's no larger than a grain of salt.
The Fraunhofer Institute's new micro camera takes 'crisp images' and can be produced so inexpensively that it could revolutionise how medical cameras are used.
"At 1x1x1mm, this camera is as small as coarsely ground grain of salt – the smallest camera that we are aware of," said Stephan Voltz, who is the CEO of Awaiba GmbH.
The new micro camera is small enough for the endoscope tip. It has a resolution of 62,500 pixels and sends the image information via an electrical wire through the endoscope.
Although the camera's primary purpose would be to aid surgery the researchers say the tiny camera could also be used in cars and other electronics.
For more information visit the Fraunhofer Institute's website