University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Rajesh Menon holds up the prototype of the first flat thin camera lens that he and his team developed. Menon and his doctoral students, Peng Wang and Nabil Mohamma, have developed a new kind of optical lens that is flat and ultrathin instead of the traditionally curved lens but can still focus all the colors of light to one point. The new lens can be used in cameras and other devices such as smartphones where the lens does not have to jet out of the body. Other applications of this potential lens system include medical devices in which thinner and lighter endoscopes can peer into the human body. It also could be used for drones or satellites with lighter cameras in which reducing weight is critical. Future smartphones could come with high-powered cameras that don't require the lens jetting out from the phone's thin body, such as the lens does now for the iPhone 6S.