Apr 05

Pelican Imaging: CEO explains the Power of Light Field Imaging [Video]

Pelican Imaging has recently released a short video where CEO Chris Pickett explains what’s so interesting about light field photography:

In the 2-minute clip, Pickett explains how Pelican’s Array Camera works, and shows its most exciting features: software refocus, multiple focus (focus on several depths in one image), segmentation (automatic depth-based object extraction). Continue reading

Apr 01

HTC One M8: the World’s First Dual Camera Smartphone with Dedicated Depth Sensor?

HTC One M8: the World's First Dual Camera Smartphone? (picture: HTC) Last week, HTC unveiled the much anticipated, new HTC One M8, which immediately started selling in the UK, and will roll out across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, on April 4.

As rumoured, the new Android smartphone features a dual camera system (dubbed “Duo Camera”), where the additional camera is a dedicated depth sensor. To our knowledge, it’s the first time this technology has made it into a commercially available smartphone. The recorded depth information is used to bring a range of new camera features to HTC’s new flagship smartphone:

  • UFocus: Tap to refocus
  • Foregrounder: Apply filters (Pencil Sketch, Zoom Blur, Cartoon, Black&White) to the background.
  • Dimension Plus: Tilt your phone to change the perspective/distortion
  • Seasons: Add foreground-background-aware animations (falling rose petals, floating dandelion seeds, maple leaves, or snow)

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Mar 25

Tesseract: Light Field Photography, Automated Subject Extraction and 3D Filters for your Smartphone

Tesseract Logo Remember Focii? The innovative light field capture method, developed by Kshitij Marwah at MIT Media Lab, allows users to convert ordinary cameras into light field cameras just by placing a coded mask film on top of the image sensor. Marwah has successfully ported Focii to a smartphone, and recently launched Tesseract Imaging to make the technology commercially available.
In a recent presentation at INKtalk, Kshitij Marwah presented the new product, and demonstrated three features on his modified Android smartphone (details below), live on stage: Continue reading

Jan 21

CES 2014: Qualcomm Demonstrates Snapdragon 805′s Computational Power

CES 2014: Qualcomm Demonstrates Snapdragon 805's Computational Power (picture: Qualcomm) At CES 2014, semiconductor giant Qualcomm gave the media and conference visitors some live demonstrations of the recently announced Snapdragon 805 processor. The company’s new flagship System-on-a-Chip (SoC) is powered by a quad-core Krait 450 CPU (2.5 GHz), an Adreno 420 GPU (500 MHz), and even contains a dual camera image signal processor.
To show what is possible with this higher degree of computational power, Qualcomm showed off some new camera features which may make it into the next generation of mobile devices. Continue reading

Jan 11

Pelican Imaging at CES 2014: Interview and Light Field Demo [Video]

Pelican Imaging at CES 2014: Interview and Light Field Demo [Video] The Consumer Electronics Show takes place every January in Las Vegas, and provides us with a glimpse into the newest technologies and gadgets.
At the ongoing CES 2014, GeekBeat.tv did a video interview with Chris Pickett of Pelican Imaging, who explained how their miniature light field array camera module works, and how the company managed to further miniaturize the technology to just half the depth of today’s smartphone camera modules.

In the video, we get to see software refocus (with either a single focus plane or two distinct focal planes and unfocus between) and within-image distance/depth measurements, all done with a modified Android tablet and today’s mobile processors. Light-field video recording and 3D model creation is teased as well. Continue reading