Sadly, it won't be making its way into your bag (or our labs) any time soon, but Wired has a very interesting look at at "one of the biggest digital cameras ever conceived." It uses an array of 74 CCD sensors and is designed, predictably, for looking into space. Eventually, the $35 million rig will end up attached to a telescope in Chile, where they'll use it to try and prove the existence of dark energy by documenting the expansion of the universe.
While it's not practical to us at the moment, this is how consumer tech usually gets its start. Some day, our great grand children will look back at this blog post and giggle. Then they'll grab a new picture for the latest social networking site using their 400-megapixel compact. -Stan Horaczek