Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Miniature light-emitting devices and optical sensors: Pesky insect inspires practical technology

Our hands and swatters often fail in the struggle to kill flies. This isn't our fault, but rather is due to flies' compound eyes. Arranged in a hexagonal, convex pattern, compound eyes consist of hundreds of optical units called ommatidia, which together bestow upon flies a nearly 360-degree field of vision. With this capability in mind, a team of researchers is drawing on this structure to create miniature light-emitting devices and optical sensors.



from Geochemistry News -- ScienceDaily http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/matter_energy/chemistry/~3/sx1Mx-kZst4/140909113231.htm

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