With technology improving daily, it’s not surprising to hear about the latest “world’s smallest camera” or “fastest computer” on a near-weekly basis. However, the invention of this latest “world’s smallest camera” is something to talk about. This new type of camera has the potential to change the way digital devices interact with the world and each other.

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If you thought technology couldn’t get any faster or smaller, think again. The latest supercomputer to hit the streets isn’t an iPad, tablet, or even a smart phone. Instead, it is built right into the glasses of police officers who will soon be scouting out large crowds, scanning for criminals without ever even having to go near them. What we’re talking about here are the (seriosuly named) “RoboCop” glasses, which are named after the 1987 action film.

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Endoscopes, small cameras attached to fiberoptic cables used to explore the innerworkings of the human body, have revolutionized diagnostic medicine. Their only drawbacks up until this point have been their prohibitive price, and the fact that they need to be thoroughly sanitized after each use. A German institute, however, may have remedied these deficiencies by making the cameras significantly smaller, and disposable.

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