Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thinking About Cameras


Every year cameras are getting higher resolution.  More pixels.  More detail.  At some point it will change what pictures mean and can be used for.

What happens when all images look like this?

Do you think a structural engineer can tell things about this building by examining the cracks in the ceiling? 

Do you think that if someone ran an optical character recognition software on the image, that they get the names of all the books in the library and tell you exactly where they were?  Could a library use a camera like this to tell instantly if books are misfiled or checked out or missing or where they are?  Could it be tied to a live digital card catalog?

What else can you do with such hig resolution images?