New Shrimp Camera Sparks Advancement In GPS Technology

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New Shrimp Camera Sparks Advancement In GPS Technology
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A new “shrimp camera” will give researchers new insight into an underwater landscape by mimicking the eyesight of aquatic animals.

University of Illinois researchers have now developed an underwater GPS method that can use polarization information collected with this shrimp camera that mimics the eyes of the mantis shrimp. The findings were published in Scientific Advances, and are significant in that they’re the first to demonstrate a passive underwater GPS using polarization of underwater light.

The shrimp camera is a variation of the polarization imager named the Mantis Cam and takes advantage of how light bends when it passes through water – and how it bounces from particles and water molecules. Using this polarization, the team was able to develop a novel new underwater GPS method that has major implications for the field of aquatic research.

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