Pelican tech might give future iPhones slimmer better 3D cameras

first_imgWould you like a better camera in your smartphone? With existing technology, there’s not a lot that can be done: a postage stamp sized sensor just isn’t going to be very sensitive to light, especially without a decent, high-quality lens. But California startup Pelican Imagining has an innovative idea on how they can change all of that: instead of using just a single lens and a sensor, their camera uses an array of smaller modules united with a computational algorithm to combine those sensors’ data into a single image.AdChoices广告The Pelican array camera uses a process called light-field photography to achieve its effect while maintaining an extremely thin sensor, but there’s more to light-field photography than just stitching a bunch of smaller images together. Some of this functionality is terribly neat. For example, you could take a photo of a tree and then, after the photo was taken, you could change the image’s depth of field, blurring a background or putting a subject into sharp focus. This might be the first type of camera where you can adjust lens settings after you snap the shot.In addition, Pelican’s camera tech is promising to give high resolution images with low ISO results even in low-light situations. Pelican also says that thanks to the way the Pelican array can be used to measure 3D motions, the tech could also be used to enable gesture-controls on tablets.This is very neat stuff, but it won’t matter unless a handset maker puts it into an actual product. We’re hopeful that they will, sooner rather than later, because this is terribly neat and could finally save us from the hegemony of crappy cameraphone pics.Read more at Pelican (Via Gadget Lab]last_img read more

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