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"By the time I can take people out to where Hubble is looking, they won't be human anymore, by a long way."
- Larry Niven

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  Microminaturized vision for UAV's.  

Are there different kinds of lenses or optics that would make more sense in tiny robots?

...the Scarab buzzed into the great workroom as any intruding insect might, and sought the security of a shadowed corner. There it studied its surroundings, transmitting to its manipulator, far away now, all that it heard through its ear microphones and saw with its minute vision tubes.
From The Scarab, by Raymond Z. Gallun.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1936
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Compare to the bee cam from City of Pearl (2004) by Karen Traviss.

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