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Toshiba working on innovative refocusing camera module small enough to fit in a smartphone

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Toshiba working on innovative refocusing camera module small enough to fit in a smartphone
Don't you hate it when you take a photo with your smartphone only to look at it later and realize that it has come out blurry? Yeah, so do we, yet thankfully, out-of-focus images might be a thing of the past one day. Toshiba is said to be working on a new camera sensor that will allow photographs to be refocused after they have been taken. And no, that does not involve any use of black magic. Rather, what makes refocusing possible is the lens that the camera module is equipped with.

Toshiba's module is in the shape of a cube with a side measuring 10 millimeters, which means that it is small enough to fit in a smartphone or a tablet. The image sensor itself measures 5 by 7 millimeters, and the high-tech optical array consists of over 500,000 miniature lenses. Each lens captures a slightly different image, and the final photograph is a software composition made from all of them. This technology would also allow the camera to measure precisely the distance to an object that is being observed.

Toshiba's innovative camera sensor would allow users to adjust the focus of an image after it has been taken. In addition, photos that are in focus across all areas can be produced as well. If all goes well, the sensor should be available for sampling by the end of fiscal 2013. Which smartphone manufacturers might be interested in using it, is not yet known.


Examples of an image that has been refocused
Examples of an image that has been refocused

Examples of an image that has been refocused


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posted on 27 Dec 2012, 07:41

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3007; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I don't think this will help on a moving object.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 07:45 1

2. ananthonline (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


This is called a light field camera and Lytro has had this tech out for a while now. Please do some research before posting a story with little to no information.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:17 2

3. buccob (Posts: 1395; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


The Lytro field camera is too big to even fit into a point and shoot camera...
So is like saying that the Nokia PureView camera was nothing new when it came out because huge megapixel camera's already existed.....

So Please do some research before commenting on a interesting article...

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 08:24

4. ananthonline (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'm going to say this once - I am NOT invalidating the news reported in this article. I am saying that this news is incomplete. For example - check out the coverage of the same article on TechCrunch (can't post links but google for "Techcrunch Toshiba Building A Lytro-Style Camera Sensor For Smartphones And Tablets, Planned For 2013 Launch"), discussing tech, the proposed Lytro smartphone sensor and other relevant links. I'm just saying that the coverage is incomplete.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:30

7. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Didn't lytro patent the tech?

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:09

5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1373; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I hope s5 has it..

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 09:09

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1373; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I hope s5 has it..

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