A group of developers at Microsoft Research and the University of Washington have invented a camera, dubbed the Hypercam, that uses the wonders of hyperspectral imaging to capture sights that the naked eye and regular cameras cannot catch. Incredibly, their smartphone-compatible hyperspectral imaging accessory costs only $50.
This camera captures 17 images at various points of the spectrum, before mashing them together to reveal hidden details.
The Hypercam isn't just something incredibly neat that could make people's Instagrams more revealing than ever in more ways than one, it could actually have a whole range of extremely useful applications. For example, it could be used to look inside a fruit to see if it has gone bad, or could be used to locate valuable deposits of minerals beneath the earth.
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