Apple toying with multi-camera for iPhone 3D picture taking

With the recent rise in popularity of media being available in three dimensions, it seems Apple has caught up toyed around with multiple cameras and sensors which would allow devices such as the iPhone to take and display 3D photographs. According to Apple Insider, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently revealed an application from Apple entitled 'Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors.' The article explains that the patent describes a new technology that would "capture, process and render 3D images with the accompanying dual-camera hardware."

The application explains how this technology would work by using a "paradigm shift from the known software-based approaches," and states that the existing software currently uses a best-guess method to "perform stereo disparity compensation for 3D images." The problem with the 'best-guess' method is that the created images are of low resolution and may contain many artifacts giving an overall low quality result. Apple would combat this by using a hardware based solution employing a "deterministic calculation for stereo disparity compensation."

While there are no details of the exact hardware that might be used are available, the article does tell us that there would be "multiple imaging systems, employing separate luma, chroma and depth/distance sensors to capture images that can be turned into a single, three-dimensional picture." Not only would this system be capable of capturing images, video would be a possibility as well with the setup and calibration being a "simple one-time event."

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Neat. Still won't buy another iPhone - ever, and those that will buy one still will even if they altogether removed the camera. It doesn't matter, like this article.

They say that most new technology has already been in the pipeline for 5years and just waiting for the right time to implement.

LOL, April fools. If it wasn't April Fools day I'd actually believe it. "They" are trying to patent the air you breathe ("they" not specific, any company/individual who smells a loop hole in the law burdened industry).

Nashy said,
I don't believe anything today. News should just stop on the 1st of April.

+1

Applies to comments as well, just what are you trying to pull here......ummmmm

+1. Count me in... Until it is much more developed, and it doesn't give headache when watching, then I will support it, but until now, no.

I really do not see the point for any phone to do this. Who needs to see photos in 3d; probably degrading picture quality at the same time.

Brandon said,
Apple, this has been done already. See the Evo 3D.

Oh, well then they'd better not try to do it better. Maybe they can fix a rotary dial to their next iphone too

Brandon said,
Apple, this has been done already. See the Evo 3D.

Just because the Evo 3D has been announced before the next iPhone doesn't mean that Apple started trying to add this in after them. This must have been in the works for a long time, if real that is.

Brandon said,
Apple, this has been done already. See the Evo 3D.


HTC, this has been done already. See the Nintendo 3DS.

Corris said,

HTC, this has been done already. See the Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo, it's been done already. See organisms. See Mars Rovers. See IMAX. See... 3D!

cybertimber2008 said,

Nintendo, it's been done already. See organisms. See Mars Rovers. See IMAX. See... 3D!
3D, it's been done already. See Time..4D!

Jebadiah said,
3D, it's been done already. See Time..4D!

Ha! That's nothIng I'm currently reading this in the SEVENTH dimension!

Brandon said,
Apple, this has been done already. See the Evo 3D.

The patent was first filed in September 2009..And I they would have been working on it before the patent was submitted.

evn. said,

Oh, well then they'd better not try to do it better. Maybe they can fix a rotary dial to their next iphone too

I would buy one just for the rotary part of the phone, now that is tech ...