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Engineers design camera lens that is 20 TIMES thinner than a human hair to help make smartphones perfectly flay New lens is 20 times thinner than a strand of human hair It is completely flat and bends light directly at the camera's sensor  Lens also have the ability to take thermal imaging to look for heat signatures

By Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com

Published: 22:04 BST, 9 October 2019 | Updated: 22:08 BST, 9 October 2019

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There appears to be one major complaint about Apple's latest high-tech iPhone 11 – the thick lens bump of the smartphone's triple-camera system.

Engineers claim to have designed a lens that is thousand times thinner than the leading variants, which could omit the unsightly bumps on the back of the sleek glass.

Instead of being curved like its counterparts, the new lens is flat and bends light directly at the camera's sensor – instead of catching light off an object and bending it before it reaches the sensor.

While this could ultimately produce smartphone cameras with no bump, it could also give them the ability to take thermal imaging to look for heat signatures. 

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Engineers claim to have designed a lens that is thousand times thinner than the leading variants, which could omit the unsightly bumps on the back of the sleek glass. While this could ultimately produce smartphone cameras with no bump

Engineers claim to have designed a lens that is thousand times thinner than the leading variants, which could omit the unsightly bumps on the back of the sleek glass. While this could ultimately produce smartphone cameras with no bump

The lens was developed by engineers at the University of Utah who believe it could be used to flatten the loathe camera bumps, in addition to added to drones and night vision cameras for military purposes.

Co-author or the paper electrical and computer engineering graduate student, Monjurul Meem said 'our lens is a hundred times lighter and a thousand times thinner, but the performance can be as good as conventional lenses,'

A conventional curved lens takes light that bounces off an object and bends it before it ultimately reaches the camera sensor that forms the digital picture. 

But this new lens has many microstructures, each bending the light in the correct direction at the sensor. 

While this could ultimately produce smartphone cameras with no bump, like the triple-camera system on the iPhone Pro handsets, it could also give them the ability to take thermal imaging to look for heat signatures

While this could ultimately produce smartphone cameras with no bump, like the

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