Friday, February 24, 2006

Kudos to inventor of the CCD chip

And to think that the real reason the CCD (the "Charged Couple Device" found in all consumer video cameras and digital cameras) was invented was to provide the CIA and the NSA with real time satellite imagery from space... and it was co-invented by a Canadian:

"Willard Boyle, a Canadian scientist who helped invent a light-sensitive chip, accepted a prestigious engineering award in the U.S. on Tuesday. Boyle and George Smith will share the $500,000 US award for the invention of the "Charge-Coupled Device (CCD), a light-sensitive component at the heart of digital cameras and other widely used imaging technologies," the U.S. National Academy of Engineering said. Some of the best-known applications of the invention are in consumer electronics, such as digital cameras, video cameras, and scanners."

Link to CBC story.