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This bendable sheet just happens to be a functioning camera

And you can capture more of its surroundings by bending it.

Image: Colombia Engineering/YouTube

WITH 360-DEGREE CAMERAS hitting the market, all of them are simply a collection of normal camera lenses which stitch together footage to create a spherical image.

But a new and better method to capture such images is in the works.

Researchers from Columbia University’s Computer Vision Lab have developed a flexible sheet which can act as a camera.

It can be attached to any surface, and can take photos from angles that aren’t possible with conventional lenses.

It can be wrapped around objects like a car or lamppost to help see blind spots or take 360-degree shots. If a person is holding one of the camera sheets, which the researchers see as taking the size of a credit-card, they can bend it to change its field of view.

The more you bend it, the more scenery it’s able to take in.

camera bend Source: Columbia Engineering/YouTube

For now, the camera is simply a proof of concept as the image quality from the prototype is low-resolution. The team plan to create high-res versions of the same sheets although cost could be a barrier to this being rolled out.

The researchers say if it could be printed out like a roll of plastic sheet at low cost, it would help capture images that aren’t possible now.

Source: Columbia Engineering/YouTube

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