Experts claimed that Canon could have a new camera lens that uses water as its optic. This is currently a great innovation since professional videographers and photographers won't have to worry about cleaning the fungus in their camera lens every month, especially if they shoot in very humid places.
According to Optics and Photonics News' latest report, researchers discovered the method of cold electrowetting. They said that it allows them to manipulate liquid to act as a tunable lens and mimick the crystalline lenses of the human eye.
European Patent Office is the first one to publish the new study, stating that Bruno Berge, a successful entrepreneur, discovered the new method and believed that liquids shaped can really be manipulated to change the way it refracts light.
How the new water lens works
Berge that once water's shape is altered, experts can turn it into a lens, which is comparable to how a drop of water functions as a magnifying glass. He said that two clear, non-mixable liquids can serve as a lens depending on the curvature of their interface.
Why? Because this curvature alters when a current is applied, enabling an image to be focused and captured. Berge was also able to create a prototype of a liquid lens that can change its focus when a small amount of electricity is applied.
"At the beginning, I had no concrete application in mind, but I saw the potential of the technology. The question was where to use it," said Berge via European Patent Office.
Will Canon be the first to have it?
When Berge realized that his idea is possible, he immediately approached the popular camera-maker Canon. However, the tech giant manufacturer declined his innovation. Although this is the case, he was still able to seek a corporate buyer that would be glad to know his new technology.
France Innovation Scientifique et Transfert SA, an intellectual property and technology transfer organization, is one of the companies that funded his work. On the other hand, he also received funds from leading French and international investment funds Varioptoc in 2002. This company said that they will help Berge to commercialize his liquid lens technology. If you want to know more about Berge's new Varioptic lenses, just click here.
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Written by: Giuliano de Leon.