Selected Community Events



May 18, 2013 n/a

Edenton, NC


AWARE-2 camera

Imagine a camera that can take a 180 degree photograph while maintaining perfect clarity without the far left or far right being distorted!

That is exactly what will be happening when this newest technology meets the 300th Anniversary Celebration on May 18, 2013 on the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Green in Edenton, NC. A unique photograph of all visitors, officials and townspeople attending the celebration on the Courthouse Court House Green, will be captured that day. The digital image will be placed in a time capsule for the future. Bob Quinn, Chairman of the 300th Anniversary Planning Committee said: “Plan to be a part of this historic celebration or answer questions 50 years from now about why you were not there.”

Dr. David Brady a Duke University Professor of Photonics has developed a unique camera for taking very large photographs capable of being printed in great detail at the 8’ x 16’ scale. Examples of the output of this new camera can be found at: .

”AWARE-2 was constructed by an academic/industrial consortium with significant contributions from more than 50 graduate students, researchers and engineers. Duke University is the lead institution and led the design and manufacturing team. The lens design team is led by Dan Marks at Duke and the included lens designers (Joe Ford and Eric Tremblay) from the University of California San Diego, Rochester Photonics and Moondog.”

Just as Edenton was the cutting edge at developing governance in North Carolina 300 years ago and through the Revolution, North Carolina’s technical expertise is at the forefront of modern technology in so many new and innovated medical, technical, computer and engineering concepts.

Here is a rough sketch of the camera that takes photographs 100 times bigger than the average Point and Shoot Camera.

Aware-2 has 98 small cameras with a spherical lens to take black and white gigapixel photographs. It set the record for the largest digital snapshot by a terrestrial camera. One image from the camera printed at 300 dots per inch, is 8 feet high by 16 feet long. A single camera weighs 100 pounds. There will be two cameras at the 300th Celebration on the 18th of May. Quinn added: “Our Edenton Anniversary celebration will be a first of its kind to be recorded by this type camera.” For this occasion the cameras will be mounted above the crowd so that the maximum advantage may be made of the 300th activities, including remarks by Governor Pat McCrory.

Another feature of this camera is the viewer’s ability to zoom in on a specific area of the photograph and see it enhanced to perfect clarity, such as a pin on a jacket or a handkerchief in a pocket. Every face will be recognizable be they 50 feet away or 150 feet, observed

Jerry Climer, Chairman of the Edenton Historical Commission. He added: “Modern technology and ingenuity will always be the great trademark of our country and the citizens who live here, just as political leadership in Edenton was during the formation of our nation.” Don’t miss an opportunity to be a part of the Celebration and view the latest and newest camera of its kind.


For additional technical information about the camera, contact: Richard Merritt, Senior Science Writer, Pratt School of Engineering Communications Office, Duke University, (919) 357-5324 (cell) or

Or, Dr. David Brady,, 919 660 5394