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

Jan 05

Toshiba Prepares First Sample Shipments of TCM9518MD Dual Camera Module with Refocus and More

Toshiba Prepares First Sample Shipments of TCM9518MD Dual Camera Module with Refocus and More (picture: Business Wire) Almost exactly one year ago, Toshiba announced a new light field camera module being developed, which would be small enough for easy inclusion in today’s smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Details on this camera module, “TCM9518MD”, were generally sparse, but over the course of the year, it became clear that Toshiba had steered development towards a dual camera setup with simultaneous image and depth data collection.

According to a recent Business Wire report, the Japanese electronics is preparing shipments of first samples to interested manufacturers, to be sent out by January 31 2014. Continue reading

Dec 27

Meizu MX3 gets Software Refocus, MX4 rumoured to feature Lightfield Camera

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu recently released an update to version 3.3.1 of their FlyMe OS (a forked Android distribution), which adds a number of new camera features to the Meizu MX3, including software refocus.

Meizu MX3 gets Software Refocus, MX4 rumoured to feature Lightfield Camera

As you can see in the video below, this feature is purely software-based: Continue reading