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New 3D-Printed Lenses by Frames Direct Give Eagle Vision to Robots

Are you aware that a group of scientists based at Germany’s University of Stuttgart have come up with a 3-dimension printed lenses that give eagle vision to robots?
Unlike the ordinary lenses used in conventional cameras, the new 3D printed lenses apply foveated imaging that mimics natural vision by providing an extremely sharp central focus as well as wider peripheral vision.

In human beings, the fovea has the greatest number of cells that are sensitive to light. That’s primarily why your central area of focus is generally sharper and clearer than the area of focus on the periphery. Going forward, it will be possible to recreate this concept by making use of specialized cameras fitted with 3D- printed lenses, courtesy of the scientists affiliated to Germany’s University of Stuttgart and

The research study is a clear demonstration that cameras can have extra naturally-focused vision when fitted with 3D-printed lenses. The study recently appeared in the renowned Science Advances. A tiny camera could be mounted on miniature drones, optical sensors, endoscopes as well as other miniscule camera systems.

The group of distinguished scientists explained that the camera essentially has four plastic lenses, and the focal length differs in all the four plastic lenses. They have been printed on one image sensor. Never before has a multifaceted imaging system been printed on a chip to form a camera with multiple apertures.When the camera is turned on, each of the four lenses registers images that have varying foci. The longer the focal length, the higher the resolution, and the narrower the field of view. The converse is also true.

The whole system is not more than 300 micrometers sq. in size. Were it not for 3-dimension printing technology, this wouldn’t be possible. 
The exceptional 3D-printed lens produces images that are very similar to the original object. Additionally, it significantly reduces the processing time as well as amount of power required, primarily because intensive processing is only necessary at the heart of the image being captured.

However, only a single type of plastic that can be used to manufacture the lenses. The possibility of occurrence of visual distortions can be significantly minimized if multi material lenses are used, because they could provide greater chromatic-aberrations balance.

The period required to manufacture the system is too long, and there’s need to shorten it. Addition of a coat to minimize/ prevent reflections is another important improvement that also needs to be made. The manufacturer says the lenses will be ready next summer. The first Frames Direct coupon codes have started coming out, too. Frames Direct coupons give around 15% discount on the price of the product.

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC2014) jointly with the Sound and Music Computing (SMC2014) Conference invite submission of papers and posters involving aesthetic, compositional, educational, musicological, scientific, and technological aspects of sound and music computing as well as digital audio. The Conference will be held in Athens, Greece, from 14 to 20 September 2014.


The ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference theme is: Music technology meets philosophy: from digital Echos to virtual Ethos. We encourage the submission of papers related, but in no way limited, to the Conference topics. All submissions documents must be sent electronically only through the Conference Management System (/paper).

Submission Types

The ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference accepts for papers the following types of submissions*:

  • papers (for oral presentation),
  • piece & paper (papers for oral presentation linked with a music submission),
  • posters.

The reviewers will select for oral presentation primarily papers that incorporate significant experimental or theoretical results; or that otherwise advance the in the field. Posters are presentations of papers in large format on public display as a forum for discussion of work-in-progress.


Important Dates

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Paper length and format

Papers (for all kind of presentations) shall have a typically length of 6 pages (at least 4 and at maximum 8 pages). Please make sure that you use A4 (210mm by 297mm or 8.27″ by 11.69″) paper layout. Authors have to follow strictly the Word or LaTeX template files to format their paper correctly for submission:

All kind of papers should be submitted in PDF format, through the Conference Management System. Please do not send papers directly by e-mail.

Review and Post-review

All submissions will be subject to review by at least two independent referees from the International Scientific Committee assisted by the members of the International Review Panel. After the notification of acceptance, authors will be requested to submit their camera-ready papers taking into account the reviews.


All accepted papers, independently of the presentation format, will be included in the Conference Proceedings. The Proceedings will have an ISBN and will be distributed as an electronic Open Access publication. The printed version of the Proceedings will be available to the participants with an extra cost. 

Registration Regulation

For presentation at the Conference and publication in the Proceedings of the ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference, a unique registration of one (co-)author per paper (of any submission type) is required by 15 July 2014.

Individuals may appear as co–authors in several papers (of any submission type), but multiple registrations per author / participant and multiple submissions of single-authored papers will not be accepted.


For eventual questions or clarifications you can contact the paper-chair at

* For submissions for Music, Special Sessions, Demonstrations, Studio Reports, Workshops and Expo/Showcases please visit the relevant pages.