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

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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13 Comments

1. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

NOKIA is ready for another beast!!

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

3. jlp34876

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

thanks !

13. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

5. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

6. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

7. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its nokia,it will be nokia.

9. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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!

10. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

what the. haha now that requires alien tech

11. preet27in

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

12. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

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