Kodak color filter creator Bryce Bayer passes

Almost every camera still uses his invention: Kodak scientist Bryce Bayer developed the color filter for digital imaging, patented in 1976; he passed away on November 13 at age 83, reports the Imaging Resource.

Sensors capture only grayscale; a beam splitter and three imagers were required for color photography before Bayer’s array of red, green, and blue filters that, layered atop the sensor, let one chip capture color — a system that could eventually fit inside a compact camera.

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