The inventors of digital cameras have won the highest international engineering prize.
This year’s £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize recognises the development of the technologies that turn light into digital signals.
The Royal Academy of Engineering judging panel said the inventors’ work had “revolutionised” the world.
It sure did… This story was told by BBC.
My first digital camera was a 4×5″ scanner, a Dicomed, with a file size of 129 mb.
A study of industry data by Prof Fossum suggests that 100 digital cameras are made every second and a billion photos are uploaded each day.
Asked if he was proud that his development gave rise to a technology that is so ubiquitous, Dr Tompsett told BBC News he had some mixed feelings. Yes, he felt some pride, but he “also felt the opposite”.
“I feel frustrated by all these people who have cameras, taking pictures of everything in sight – and selfies. You are walking along and a selfie stick suddenly appears.”
And he added wryly: “I sometimes think whoever invented this technology should be dealt with.”