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Toshiba Allegedly Developing Lytro-like Sensor for Smartphones and Tablets

by Brandon Russell | December 27, 2012

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Toshiba has reportedly developed a cube-shaped camera module for smartphones and tablets that works in similar fashion to the Lytro. Imagine snapping a picture and focusing after the fact. That could solve a lot of problems and headaches for those fleeting moments that don’t always turn out the way we hoped.

The technology allegedly won’t be ready for primetime until 2014, so Toshiba still has plenty of time to fine tune the sensor. As you can see from the result above, it doesn’t produce the sharpest results. According to Asahi Shimbun, the 1cm module (pictured below) houses 500,000 tiny lenses layered in front of a smartphone’s or tablet’s camera sensor, and when a users snaps a picture, Toshiba’s software will then put the shots together and measure the distance to each object.

That, in theory, will allow users to shift focus between far and close objects, or even focus the entire image. In addition, the technology can be applied to video, which could potentially produce some interesting results. Once Toshiba does finalize the tech, the company will be on the look out for OEM partners. So the question is: which phone or tablet would you like to see this in?

Asahi Gizmodo

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...