Imagine a panoramic photograph with such high resolution that you could zoom in on a postage stamp more than half a mile away, or read signs that are blocks away from your vantage point. That is just what researchers at Duke University have created. Led by engineer David Brady, they have developed the AWARE-2 camera, which can take a single shot with 1 gigapixel resolution by stitching together images captured simultaneously by 98 smaller cameras with 14-megapixel sensors.

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