Startup claims array camera for mobiles
2/9/2011 4:01 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO—Pelican Imaging Corp., a venture-backed developer of computational imaging, said Wednesday (Feb. 9) it has developed what the company calls the first prototype array camera for mobile devices.
Pelican Imaging (Mountain View, Calif.) said it has developed a computational camera array architecture and fundamental intellectual property with 12 pending patent applications in array optics, sensors and image reconstruction algorithms. The company claims that its camera improves upon image and video quality while allowing for thinner smartphones.
Pelican said the camera would also enable new applications, introducing features such as 3-D depth, gesture control and the ability for users to interact with the image before and after capturing the shot.
The company has yet to announce the availability of any products based on the camera array. The company said it currently has a working prototype.
Pelican also announced the members of its technical advisory board, comprised of three experts in computational imaging: Stanford University professor Marc Levoy, Columbia University professor Shree K. Nayar and Bedabrata Pain, CEO of technology consulting firm Edict Inc.
"What Pelican has developed represents a paradigm shift in imaging and video that has the potential to overcome many of the inherent limitations of mobile cameras," said Nayar, in a statement.
Pelican, founded in 2008, is backed by venture capital investors including Globespan Capital Partners, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and IQT.
Concept drawing of smartphones with Pelican's camera array.