What makes this lens special is that it does support 3D - while other applications require multiple lenses to achieve a similar effect. Objects viewed through the lens can be seen from nine different angles.
lol, are all these stories translated or something? Or is the the internet speak for asymmetric.. funny no less.
And if the pictured lens is the size of a fingernail... WHO GAVE THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR PROTOTYPE TO A BABY!?!
[citation][nom]mayankleoboy1[/nom]is the pic shown of the real lens or just a image?[/citation]
Apparently it's just an image... it's either the size of a fingernail, or the size of your palm. Non-matching information FTW.
the lens is actually at the center of the thing, the faceted thing, the rest of it is just the blank, cause you need something to hold onto especially if you need to be doing that precision of machining, the lens would be cut away from the blank when ready
I'm sure of those 9 different views, not all will be useful.
I think a good 3 or 4 viewing angle combinations will be possible with this lens, but it would eg not benefit to have a bottom-top stereoscopic view, as our eyes only see 3D horizontally.
The range over which the lens is useful is a function of the distance between the viewing elements. This is why tank commanders have these funky periscopes which separate the eyes at the top of the 'stalk' to about a foot apart, then they can discern depth much better at far greater distances than they could unaided.
A lens like this will be useful to about an inch, maybe three. So don't expect uni-lens 3d digital cameras to be coming out any time soon, unless it's for (as the post suggests) microsocopy ;-) . It *is* pretty cool though.