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Multi-aperture cameras for mobile phones and tablets
Mark Peters : June 22th 2014 - 23:00 CET
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NewsMobile Photography to the next level : LinX Computational Imaging, a pioneer in the development of multi-aperture imaging technologies, reports that it has successfully developed miniature multi-aperture cameras designed for mobile devices. The camera modules are nearly half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of creating stunning color images and high accuracy depth maps. The image quality of mobile cameras has reached a dead end. Device makers are striving to differentiate using imaging capabilities but the pixel size race has ended and next generation cameras do not reveal any dramatic improvements. LinX cameras revolutionize mobile photography and broaden the usability span and user experience, allowing us to leave our digital SLR camera at home.

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Cameras for mobile phones and tablets
The engineers at LinX have solved all problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space such as registration errors and occlusion related artifacts which are seen on competing technologies. The LinX cameras are artifact-free, even when objects appear at very short range. During the registration process between the images, the LinX software extracts very accurate depth information for each pixel and creates a depth map. The software creates true depth information on high contrast objects and on near flat surfaces, such as walls, which are traditionally considered difficult for passive stereo systems. The accuracy and resolution of details in distance maps created the opportunity to use the suggested algorithms for 3D reconstruction.

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Miniature multi-aperture cameras
With leading partners, LinX has developed a variety of products ranging from arrays of two, three, and four cameras in various configurations and sizes, some with autofocus and others without. The technology is ready for integration into the current generation mobile phones and tablets. Using the Array camera, one is able to create mobile devices with unique properties. For example, we conducted a side-by-side comparison of a single RGB (Bayer) camera and a LinX camera consisting of two smaller cameras while keeping the total pixel count fixed and compared the two cameras.
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