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Liquid Camera Lens Ready For Phones

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Feb 6, 2006, 2:26 PM   by (staff)

Varioptic last week announced that liquid lenses are now available for manufacturers to use in cameraphones. The Arctic 320 is a zoom and auto-focus lens, but has no moving parts. Instead a small current warps liquid trapped inside two lenses to change the distance them and adjust focus or zoom. Philips announced a similar lens 2 years ago, but Varioptic claims to have made further advances in durability, miniaturization and power consumption with the help of Samsung. No one has committed to the Arctic lens yet, but Varioptic will be at 3GSM next week, it is possible a handset partner could be announced then or shortly after.



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Feb 10, 2006, 5:49 AM


Hmm. will they replace the phone if the liquid spills and ruins the phone?? HEHE.

sorry, couldnt resist.

Feb 6, 2006, 2:43 PM


I was reading about this in an article on Slashdot last night. It said that it would start to show itself within the next couple years. It said that it actually sent an electrical charge into the liquid, which would in turn focus, zoom, etc. Pretty cool. It cuts down on power consumption, weight, and makes more room for other components.
Maybe Slashdot meant that it would be in stores in a year or two... that's about how long it takes most companies to design and produce a new phone these days.

Feb 6, 2006, 3:05 PM


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