The lens has long been a central element of cameras, its role to refract light to achieve a one-to-one mapping between a point in the scene and a point on the sensor. We propose a radical departure from this practice and the limitations it imposes. In this talk I will discuss our recent efforts to build extremely thin imaging devices by replacing the lens in a conventional camera with a light-modulating mask and computational reconstruction algorithms. These lensless cameras can be less than a millimeter in thickness and enable applications where size, weight, thickness, or cost are the driving factors.
Jesse Adams is the cofounder and CEO of Flatcam. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Rice University and B.S. from the University of North Florida. He moved to the Bay area after he was awarded the Cyclotron Road Fellowship, hosted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to explore the commercial potential of lens-free imaging.