A Breakthrough in 3D Scanning Technology
If you’ve been keeping up with cell phone technology at all over the past few years, not much has changed. Apple, for example, has been putting out a phone that has looked nearly the same for 5 years while prices keep climbing. What, aside from software, is changing in these new devices, you ask? The Camera! Nothing is more frustrating than trying to share an amazing experience when the photo does not convey the true feeling of the moment. Many new phones now incorporate two cameras to portray depth and improve picture quality. To see this taken to the extreme have a look at the Light L16 Camera below. This camera combines the power of 16 lenses into one photo for some stunning results.
Lucid has been using the power of two cameras as a stereo pair in LucidCam for the last four years. At the beginning of this month Lucid engineer, Anurag Bansal, was able to use this technology to bring the power of 3-D scanning technology into a handheld prototype.
How He Did It:
The hardest part of the project was achieving subpixel calibration accuracy. In other words, coordinating the cameras to seamlessly capture high resolution images with hyper precision. To achieve such accuracy, Anurag used approximations from other datasets along with Lucid’s unique technology. His clever pure software solution runs on any conventional hardware setup.
Real World Applications:
There are plenty of applications for this product. The most significant one would be in association with Facebook (also instagram). What if I told you could upload 3D images instead of regular 2D images from your phone to the facebook/instagram server. And no extra hardware is needed, just your regular dual back camera phone. Aside from social media, this technology could revolutionize how we market products online, or buy the perfect home by looking at 3D images of the rooms.
Who is Anurag:
Anurag Bansal is from Mumbai, India, and he is currently a masters student at University of Maryland pursuing Robotics, specializing in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. After working at various startups he decided to take a leap for his masters, deciding to specialize in vision as the field is evolving rapidly with new revolutionizing tech almost everyday. We are grateful to have Anurag on our team at Lucid and look forward to witnessing what he does next. Follow the link below to see some of Anurag’s groundbreaking work!