ipad screen as giant camera

Let’s get crazy here, real crazy. I want Apple’s iPad to have crazy camera skills. Forget about the silly little pin-sized circle that currently acts as the iPad’s camera. I want the ENTIRE SCREEN to function as a light-sensitive imaging chip.

So that 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology would also be a 9.7-inch imaging sensor. That would go beyond revolutionizing photography. Consider the imaging chips in today’s digital cameras. You can see all the common sizes in my handy chart on Flickr.

Your standard point-and-shoot everyday digital camera usually has a sensor that’s 7.18 x 5.32mm. Your standard consumer-level SLR digital camera usually has a sensor that’s 23.6 x 15.7mm. The high-end SLR (full frame) camera’s sensors are 36 x 24mm. Then there’s the $30,000 medium format digital cameras that have a sensor of 50.7 x 39mm. My dream iPad’s sensor would be 196.85 x 147.8mm. Whoa, that’s more than eye-popping.

C’mon, Apple flex that revolutionary muscle and make the iPad screen into one giant image sensor.