Priced at USD 500, the camera can be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and also to improve the accuracy of motion tracking as well as gesture recognition devices used in interactive gaming. The team that developed the camera comprises Ramesh Raskar, Achuta Kadambi, Refael Whyte, Ayush Bhandari, and Christopher Barsi at MIT, and Adrian Dorrington and Lee Streeter from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Developed with ‘Time of Flight’ technology, the camera calculates the location of objects by how long it takes for transmitted light to reflect off a surface and return to the sensor. Unlike other Time of Flight cameras, this nano-camera would produce correct measurements even in rain or fog. It also has the ability to locate translucent objects.

One of the unique features of this camera is that it clears the blurring in photographs. The camera incorporates encoding technique to achieve accuracy and measure signals that’s common in the telecommunications industry, operating in nanoseconds.