Patent: Fast prime lenses for curved image sensors

stevelee

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It's possible you misunderstood his joke...I can't be sure whether you did or not. He's assuming the driver is a chauffeur (who probably can't afford an R5 unless he eats Ramen and has no family) and the owner of the car (not the Rolls Royce company) is in the back seat.

However, I am sure a lot of Rolls Royce owners do drive their own vehicles.
My impression is that Bentleys used to be for those who enjoyed driving their own cars, and RR not so much.
 
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yeahright

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Bring out the round sensor camera before the curved one. Much easier to manufacture, compatible with existing lenses and still potentially very useful.
 

SteveC

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And as inefficient and expensive a wafer harvest shape as possible.

I can think of worse ones, actually, but they'd never be of interest to any camera user. Imagine five pointed stars, etc. Of any shape that might be of realistic interest for cameras, the round one probably does indeed take the booby prize.

Square would be efficient at the wafer harvest level, but inefficient in the camera, with substantial image outside the sensor (assuming the sensor is inscribed in the image circle)--though not as bad as a super wide rectangle, and maybe not even as bad as what we use now--how often would people crop to make a rectangle out of the square? If so they're ending up with a rectangle MUCH smaller than the image circle. A hexagonal shape (assuming you are using a laser to cut the wafer) would be a very good compromise, no wasted wafer space, and pretty close to round. The next question would be whether we want to lay the pixels out in a hexagonal pattern instead of a rectilinear one like now.

But--back to reality--none of this will be happening.
 

melgross

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That would translate to a huge use of purified silicon, not to mention a whole new lithography process to properly image on the curved surface. Theoretically possible, but not even remotely cost effective.
We don’t know what these sensors are aimed at. If industrial, the price isn’t an issue.
 

melgross

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IF, this came out, the lenses could be less expensive, not more. A good deal of lens design, and the number of elements is aimed at flattening out the film plane. If that adjective is lessened, they may be able to reduce the complexity.