Eye of the Fly

A dragonfly’s eye has thousands of tiny lenses, each the size of a pinprick. They can see in all directions at the same time. Bioengineering Professor Luke Lee and his team developed an artificial compound eye similar to a dragonfly’s—with 360-degree vision—that could aid in military surveillance or medical imaging. Lee’s specialty is what he calls “biologically inspired systems.” This article appeared in the May/June issue of California magazine.

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