Mantis Shrimp the Key to Better DVDs?


I knew the mantis shrimp had the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom, but according to a Yahoo! News story, the eyes of the shrimp could hold the key to developing a new type of super high-quality DVD player.

What is the relationship between a mantis shrimp and a DVD player you ask? Well, the shrimp uses light-sensitive cells to rotate the plane of polarization enabling them to detect different kinds of polarized light and up to 12 primary colors. A DVD player also does this in order to read the disc, but they can only read one color. By applying the eye of the mantis shrimp to the technology of disc readers, the DVD player will be able to handle a lot more information than a standard player.

For more information on this interesting story, please visit: Shrimp’s eye points way to better DVDs.


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