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New camera designed by Stanford researchers could improve robot vision and virtual reality

Image credits including slider image: L.A. Cicero/Stanford News Service

Stanford engineers have developed a 4D camera with an extra-wide field of view. They believe this camera can be better than current options for close-up robotic vision and augmented reality.

Centre Research Affiliate Dr Donald Dansereau, Gordon Wetzstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and colleagues from the University of California, San Diego have created the first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera, which they presented at the computer vision conference CVPR 2017 on July 23rd.

As technology stands now, robots have to move around, gathering different perspectives, if they want to understand certain aspects of their environment, such as movement and material composition of different objects. This camera could allow them to gather much the same information in a single image. The researchers also see this being used in autonomous vehicles and augmented and virtual reality technologies.

Read the full article by Taylor Kubota, Stanford News here

Posted July 25, 2017

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