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  • Apple Granted a Patent that Details a Method for Adding Depth to Photos


    The US Patent and Trademark Office recently revealed a newly-granted Apple patent that details a method for capturing stereoscopic image data in software, a possible precursor to a depth-enabled photography mode for the company’s mobile devices. Entitled simply “producing stereoscopic image,” the patent describes a system in which a computer can identify two suitable digital photographs from a range of options than combine those photographs into a single stereoscopic image. This is particularly challenging, according to the patent, for photographers due to the need to manually ensure that the chosen photographs are properly matched.

    For those of you who didn’t’ know, stereoscopic imaging is a technique designed to replicate the way humans perceive depth in real life. Because people’s eyes are offset from one another, each eye receives an image of the subject at a slightly different angle – the brain then puts the images together, creating the appearance of depth. Most stereoscopic cameras achieve the effect using two offset lenses in a design that mimics the way a person would view the scene. Apple’s previous patents covered the integration of multiple cameras into a single device but the new patent would allow stereoscopic images to be captured from only a single camera with the work of selecting and aligning suitable photographs performed by the device rather than the photographer.

    One of the more familiar forms of stereoscopy in popular culture is the anaglyph technique used to create 3D movies and images. Two scenes are overlaid on top of each other in different colors and colored lenses, much like the cardboard red-and-blue glasses often distributed in cereal boxes during the 1990s, which are then used to filter the images to each eye, resulting in a three-dimensional effect.

    The patent was originally filed on January 3, 2011 and credits Louis James Beato and Andrew C. Blose as inventors. The patent is one of a number of patents Apple acquired from Kodak when the imaging giant auctioned off its intellectual property portfolio last year in a $525 million sale.

    We’ll have to wait and see what comes to fruition as a result of the patent.

    Source: USPTO via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Granted a Patent that Details a Method for Adding Depth to Photos started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      talking about lame. who cares!!!!
    1. Archez's Avatar
      Archez -
      It would be cool if they could simulate the depth of a photo using parallax motion.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Here's a cool idea to go along w/ facial recognition:

      Have two cameras in a device. The front facing camera will detect both eyes and figure out which angle each eye is looking at. Then the back cameras will adjust to each angle and snap a photo. Combine the two photos for stereoscopic photography!

      Using one back camera is ideal BUT a simple algorithm to separate and guesstimate the distance between a user's eyes is too general.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      All apple needs is a 16+ megapixel camera. I'm still with apple only because of the wonderful camera apps iOs has.
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      This article is an exact copy/paste of the source article.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      This article is an exact copy/paste of the source article.
      +1
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by kalpesh78 View Post
      All apple needs is a 16+ megapixel camera. I'm still with apple only because of the wonderful camera apps iOs has.
      Galaxy Camera's have so many features you don't even need an app--of any sort.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Galaxy Camera's have so many features you don't even need an app--of any sort.
      I've got this awesome app that takes killer photos....it's called Camera!