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Pelican Imaging demos 16-lens camera that can build a 3D-printable model of what you record

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Pelican Imaging demos 16-lens camera that can build a 3D-printable model of what you record
Pelican Imaging is a name you should remember - the company makes a brand new type of a smartphone camera where using not one lens like all smartphones do today, but a whopping 16 lenses. That opens up a world of possibilities. The most obvious benefit of a 16-lens camera is that images will always be in focus and you won’t need to worry where exactly to focus the image, as you can select that focus after you take the picture.

There is something more, though. Pelican has just announced that by taking a series of pictures or a short video, the camera gathers depth information that allows it to build a 3D model of an object. You can just take a short video and then use the model that has been generated for a realistic 3D print. That is seriously impressive stuff.

When is it coming to real smartphones, you wonder? Pelican Imaging plans on launching it in 2014, but did not shy away from showing its impressive functionality now.

source: Pelican Imaging via Engadget

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posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:09 5

1. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


NOKIA is ready for another beast!!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:19 5

2. tech2 (Posts: 1859; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


No where in the article mentions Nokia. If anything the phone used in the ad is GS3 !

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:24 4

3. jlp34876 (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/02/pelican-imaging-array-camera-coming-2014/

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:25

4. tech2 (Posts: 1859; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


thanks !

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 15:38

13. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


But I bet Nokia will introduce it for sure!
Because Nokia is leading in Camera department.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 04:28 1

5. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


But Nokia is actually planning to bring Pelican technoloy fitted handsets. After the success of Nokia EOS it will definaltely go for it.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 05:24 1

6. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I think they will go both...their own tech, let it be named PureView and the next phase of 41mpx monster and pelican tech when they acquire it.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 05:41 1

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Nokia is the only company capable to utilize this technology in the rigt way, given their history and experience. Others just follow abd trying to catch up. In camera department, Nokia rules. If you're good at something, show off.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:09 2

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 922; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


its nokia,it will be nokia.

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 07:46 1

9. -box- (Posts: 3735; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I wonder/hope/think if someday we'll have 41-or-so MP cameras arranged in the 4X4 grid using Pelican's tech, all mounted in an OIS rig, but in a body as slim as a 925? I get shivers of excitement just thinking about it!

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 08:14

10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1113; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


what the. haha now that requires alien tech

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 08:17

11. preet27in (banned) (Posts: 173; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


WOW...............

posted on 18 Jun 2013, 14:08

12. jibraihimi (Posts: 667; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Wow cool......... Hope it comes to smartphones soon.........

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