Conventional optical devices and systems adjust their focus length by moving the optical elements because conventional lenses are made of inflexible materials such as glass or plastic. For this reason, most of the optical systems, such as cameras and microscopes, are bulky and complicated. In this regard, fluidic adaptive lenses, which can adjust their focal length by changing the shape or index without moving parts, are attractive. The tunability and flexibility of adaptive fluidic lenses are desirable for civilian and military applications such as optical recording systems and surveillance and inspection systems [1]. In this presentation, we demonstrate a fluidic adaptive lens inspired by animal eye’s crystalline lens that can be deformed by muscles to adjust its focal length.

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