Bendy camera the width of a human hair can take accurate 3D images

Kevin Mitchell's lab is where the camera was set up.A fibre-optic cable as thin as a human hair can transmit 3D images in real-time, creating a small flexible camera.Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow, UK and his collaborators have created a system that is several orders of magnitude smaller then pre-existing cameras made from fibre-optic cables. This system uses a 40cm long cable with a diameter of 50 micrometres. It can capture 3D images of objects up to 2.5 meters away.The camera functions in the same way as a lidar.