Qualcomm plans to aid the manufacturing process of 3D camera phones with its new chip
Qualcomm’s has plans to aid the manufacturing process of 3D camera phones with its new Snapdragon chips, including the company’s newest Snapdragon 805 which is said to be the fastest CPU/GPU combination yet, with a few shortcuts, according to Slash Gear.
Having already worked with Lytro on their new ILLUM light-field camera, Qualcomm’s senior director for cameras and imaging Tim Yates confirmed that the company plans on including a reference design that will support both stereo and depth cameras on its Snapdragon 805. This marks an effort to help developers cut through the need of having to build such a system from scratch.
This means that features such as the Duo Camera system found on HTC’s One M8, where a 4MP UltraPixel sensor is paired with a secondary CMOS and information captured on image and depth is then transferred to the Snapdragon 801 powering the device, will become easier to achieve with Snapdragon 805’s two DSPs which lets it to process image data in two ways simultaneously.
Yates stated that this system could be used to take both 4K30 Ultra HD video and 16MP burst photos at 15fps at the same time, and it could even handle the input from a pair of sensors at once. The chipset can also offer 3D noise reduction videos, and its gyroscope will also allow for digital image stabilisation.
The aim is to make implementations of similar camera systems much easier for designers and manufacturers, providing OEM partners an easier way to upgrade their device’s cameras.
Want to add a 3D Camera onto your current smartphone?
Since we’re on the subject on improving smartphone cameras, after the initial success of Google’s Project Tango, a new Kickstarter project has been spotted, which may provide your current smartphone a Tango-like upgrade.
LazeeEye is a device which turns your smartphone camera into a 3D camera by using a laser illuminator hardware add-on and a stereo vision processing app. “Most cameras are 2D, meaning they are a projection of the scene onto the camera’s imaging plane; any depth information is lost. However, a 3D camera also captures the depth dimension (in addition to the standard 2D data),” said LazeeEye’s creators.
The device is currently priced at $75, but options to pledge $20, which will get you the DIY e-kit you then have to 3D print yourself, or $50, which will get you the DIY hardware components kit which you will have to put together personally is also available.