An ultra small endoscopic video camera developed by researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration. The new camera has a resolution of 62,500 pixels, and it transmits its images via an electrical cable, as opposed to an optical fiber. Its creators believe it could be used not only in medicine, but also in fields such as automotive design, where it could act as an aerodynamic replacement for side mirrors, or be used to monitor drivers for signs of fatigue.

Disposable Endoscopic Video CameraTiny video cameras mounted on the end of long thin fiber optic cables, commonly known as endoscopes, have proven invaluable to doctors and researchers wishing to peer inside the human body. Endoscopes can be rather pricey, however, and like anything else that gets put inside peoples’ bodies, need to be sanitized after each use. The newly-developed type of endoscope video camera is claimed to address those drawbacks by being so inexpensive to produce that it can be thrown away after each use. Not only that, but it also features what is likely the world’s smallest complete video camera, which is just one cubic millimeter in size.

Generally, digital video cameras consist of a lens, a sensor, and electrical contacts that relay the data from the sensor. Tiny endoscopic video camera is built at wafer level, and makes so small in size and inexpensive.