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Nokia shares some insight about its next generation of imaging capabilities

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Nokia shares some insight about its next generation of imaging capabilities
Nokia Growth Partners shared some thoughts about what the thinking is to enhance Nokia’s already top-shelf imaging capabilities. NGP holds investments in a number of technologies with some well known entities that make up part of the imaging portfolio.

Among those companies are Pelican, InVisage, Heptagon, Morpho and Luminate. Heptagon is about to pack up and ship its billionth optical system. With this kind of talent at your disposal, the discussions are taking shape in some interesting ways.

NGP fielded some questions over the past weeks and put together some compelling answers. In short, we have a lot to look forward too. If a smartphone’s camera quality is important to you, you will want to pay attention:

Can we make a smartphone camera with better resolution than the human eye?
InVisage, an NGP portfolio company based in California, has developed a new image sensing technology based on custom designed nanomaterial that has the potential to deliver image sensors with hundreds of millions of pixels resolution. Depending on how you calculate this is approaching the resolution of a human eye.

Can we make a smartphone that sees at night?
Pelican Imaging achieves this by combining normal image sensing with infrared sensing enable “night vision” cameras in the form of a smartphone.

Can we make a smartphone that peeks around objects and people?
Pelican Imaging technology, together with optical systems from Singapore based Heptagon, provide stereoscopic information to the image capture as a first step to “seeing around objects”. The technology also allows post capture refocusing of people or objects in the image. Or combined with the right software people can effectively be “erased” and the background re-created, “seeing” through people!

Can we automatically create information about content in an image?
Images are becoming “smarter”. More and more information will be stored with images, not only time & date and 3D information but also location and other data that can be appended to the image such as weather, people in the photo and much more. Luminate is working on making all images in the world interactive by categorizing and cataloguing the information in the image. Of course, the information contained in these new image and video types is so rich that new file formats and standards will have to be designed, effectively making mpeg and jpeg formats obsolete. This would allow information to flow freely across platforms and on social networks.

Can we make a smartphone flash that just works?
We all know how difficult it is to shoot flash pictures; too light, too dark or red eyes. Heptagon is working on a multi color directional flash that can balance color of light and direction of light depending of the scene that is shot.

That puts together some broad ideas, but it does not take a lot of imagination to see how these feature sets could be a benefit in future offerings. Now we just need to be sure that Microsoft or Nokia, whomever ends up owning this technology, are able to successfully implement these ideas before the rest of the crowd starts to take notice.

sources: Nokia Growth Partners via My Nokia Blog and WMPoweruser

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posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:13 14

1. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


Nokia is one of the most innovative in camera's out there...
but is lacking because of its os
Dreaming of it on Android...

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:17 17

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I don't think WP is bad at all, of course, i haven't used WP personally just yet so I'd be speaking a bit early, but my friend swears by WP. I'd personally love to give it a try if it ever comes to Sprint (and I mean Nokia Lumias when I say WP (: )

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 21:56 1

15. AeroPrime (Posts: 145; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


been there pal. u should try one....I'm android developer. I kinda hesitate to buy a wp device. now I'm a proud owner of the lumia 920 and 1020. I feel like owning a Ferrari or Lamborghini for a smartphone. maybe u should get the lumia 1520 for the first time and I'm getting one too.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:26 6

3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


I have used WP8 and although getting there (slowly) it still falls behind Android and IOS in quite a few areas.

That said, at least the OS doesn't randomly change wallpapers or blue screen like Apple's OS does.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:32 2

8. Gemmol (Posts: 490; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


after gdr3 its not that far behind, but before the gdr3 I would say switching to windows os will take some getting use to.....but after reading the list that comes with gdr3 it will not be a hard transition unless you miss certain apps, which I will not, only app i will miss on google is play music app

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 12:06 1

14. Muzhhur (Posts: 240; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


I disagree, My lumia 920 is faster than almost all android flashgips and also faster than iPhone5 and lowers.

But instade of that my Lumia 920 is not perfect

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 17:20

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Your dumb comments have no place on any future WP related articles.. Grow up, and just visit articles that you have vested interests in.. Stick with Android❕

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:51 9

9. znellu (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Can you people please stop this 'Nokia need to go Android' thing :|

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 17:18

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They are extremely stupid.. Very dumb.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 10:51

13. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-is-taking-over-the-world-80-of-all-smartphones-run-Googles-OS_id46001

Imagine what if Nokia also was in team.....

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 17:14 1

16. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just because you don't like it, or it doesn't fit you doesn't mean that its lacking anything.. This article is about a WP device, so what the F### does Android have to do with anything❔.. We love WP, and we don't really care to have a discussion about old news Android every damn time❕... Nokia, Lumia devices are WP devices.. Why can't you petty Android fans get that through your closed minded little sculls❔... Leave Android talk for articles about Android crap, and quit obnoxiously crashing WP related articles with your useless opinions...

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:28

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I suggest Nokia start working on making digital cameras and DSLRs.
I can assure them that they will earn more money than now.

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:34 6

5. dratomic (Posts: 436; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


please. cmon. android feels way closer to windows desktop than wp. it even lacks WINDOWS EXPLORER

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 17:16

17. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Who cares❔ We buy WP devices because of what WP has to offer,, not what Android has to offer.. This article is about a WP devices, and you obviously don't like WP, so why would you even click on it❔

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:40 3

6. londoner (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Nokia is the best in it's. Hardware
but lacks the wp8 os

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 18:29

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3226; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why does WP lack❔

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 03:50 5

7. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Nokia and other companies - do not mention your future plans and ideas - Apple is watching you!!!

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:52 6

10. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


And Samsung as well

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 08:53 2

12. user996 (Posts: 180; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


and htc too. don't forget they copied stereo sound recording tech from Nokia and they were first after nokia to use OIS on their camera

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 04:52

11. Aplusk (Posts: 86; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)


More and more information will be stored with images, not only time & date and 3D information but also location and other data that can be appended to the image such as weather, people in the photo and much more

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