I’ve been thinking again about the 50-gigapixel AWARE camera in development by a Duke University-led team (a UA researcher is also working on it). The camera uses 98 separate 14-megapixel microcameras and then the images are stitched together, in the latest update to 19th century composite printing.
This graphic from a Wall Street Journal article is good, too:
The camera is not as cute a the Google Street View camera mounted on a car, trike, or backpack…
….but it captures an incredible/absurd amount of visual information, and the team is aiming for more: We want to be able to record images at 10 frames per second, which is near video rate,” Gehm explained. “The 50-gigapixel camera would generate a half a terabyte of data every second. You’d fill a terabyte hard drive in two seconds, you’d fill a data center in about a day, and you’d fill all of the data centers on the planet in about a year to a year and a half.”
It’s so much data that there is an interesting snag: currently no display exists that is capable of showing the camera’s pictures.