Bryce Bayer, Pioneer In Imaging, Passes Away At 83

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The greater technology world has lost a true pioneer this week. Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who is largely credited with inventing much of what we currently know to be digital image, passed away at the age of 83. In fact, he created the color filter using in digital photographer that still bears his name. Even today, the Bayer Filter is used in just about every digital camera produced, despite being patented way back in 1976. The three filters in his array are necessary in order to create color from greyscale metadata that's captured by an imaging chip. Before his handiwork came onto the scene, achieving this used a process that was far bulkier.


In the 1990s, Bayer retired from Kodak, and lived until just recently where he passed in Maine. We send our best to his family. He'll no doubt go down in history as a major pioneer of technology; any time you can attach your own name to something that's used some 30+ years after its invention, you've accomplished something very few individuals ever will.
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sackyhack replied on Sun, Nov 25 2012 6:56 PM

Pretty crazy how he was one of the pioneers and yet his company wasn't ready when the age of digital cameras hit. The man definitely made an impact, but the people above him were too blind to see advantages other than just licensing the tech.

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History is written by the victor, and in this case, the victor was all of the massive corporations that gutted this mans ideas for money. It's more popular than you think, and its kind of sad.

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realneil replied on Sun, Nov 25 2012 8:35 PM

My condolences to his family.

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OSunday replied on Sun, Nov 25 2012 9:11 PM

Wow that's incredible to have been able contribute something with the ability to last and make an impact for over three decades!

Condolences to him and his family and thanks for his contributions that help make modern technology possible

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