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"Smart" lenses hold commercial potential

Madison, Wis. - The human eye uses tiny muscles to focus on different distances. Man-made devices do the same by repositioning lenses, but some sensors do not require these external controls.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering are investigating a liquid lens design that automatically adapts to environmen......

Full article >>> lens. "The smart microlens technology integrates these two concepts," Beebe said.

"The final structure of the device was inspired by the human eye," Jiang added, noting that the hydrogel acts like the ciliary muscles that control the shape of the optic lens. "We have provided a very elegant way of getting optical output."

Because the device is both versatile and inexpensive to m......

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