Chinese Jiaolong Sub Gets 3D Vision
The Jiaolong submersible is China's deepest operating manned submarine. The interesting fact is that it is fitted with brand new 3D stereoscopic cameras devised by the SIOSOA institute (Hangzhou, China). Those cameras are able to spot undocumented marine species in the deepest waters.
The cameras snap a series of three-dimensional images to build up a composite image of sea creatures and allow researchers to accurately measure the dimensions of sea life without having to collect samples.
Sperm is Alive and Well in its First 3D Movie
A team of European have developed a vision-based tracking system to help assess the viability of sperm used in in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This system is able to take 3D movies of the real-time movement and behavior of living sperm using a small camera and a special laser lighting set-up.
In addition to showing the movement and behavior of the sperm, the camera is able to provide 3D imaging of the sperm’s form and structure to detect potential infertility-causing anomalies, such as the “bent tail,” which prevents cells from swimming straight.
A Chinese 3D Stereoscopic Camera Landed on the Moon
China’s ambitious lunar space exploration program achieved a stunning success on December 15, 2013when the countries inaugural Chang’e-3 lunar lander and its Yutu (Jade Rabbit in Chinese) rover beamed back portraits of one another snapped from the Moon’s surface – that also proudly displayed the brilliant red Chinese national flag shining atop an extraterrestrial body for the very first time in human history.
Yutu seen from Chang'e-3 on the moon. Picture Credit: China Space
Indiana Drone Goes 3D!
Academics at the University of Aberdeen (UK) and University of Bergen (Norway), are using remotely operated flying drones with 3D stereoscopic cameras to scan rock formations in remote areas in order to better understand what lies beneath the surface and improve understanding of subsurface reservoirs.
The drones consist of a gyroscopically stabilised body with up to eight rotors and carries two cameras which allow it to collect stereoscopic 3D imagery.
Pciture by John Howell, University of Aberdeen
Gaia, One Billion $ One Billion Pixels 3D Camera
The European Space Agency (ESA) is sending the $1.2 billion Gaia mission to space to catalog a billion galaxies, stars, and planets in the next five years. The super resolution map of the sky will thus cost on dollar per star... With one billion pixels, the camera designed by Astrium is the largest digital camera ever built for a space mission.
The dual telescope will orbit around the L2 Lagrange point (which is located 1.5 million km from the Earth in the anti-Sun direction) and will scan the sky continuously with is super-huge CCD camera for five years. The main sensor is a mosaic of 106 credit-card size CCD devices (4500x1600 pixels each) with a total area around 0.5 x 1-meter (1.6 x 3.3-foot).
Gaia's Focal Plane Assembly. The CCD is the red/blue/green mosaic rectangle; light comes from the right.