Cameras have become one of the most important features on our phones. In phones' early days, cameras were an afterthought -- . But now phone cameras can record 4K video, slow-mo and shoot beautiful portrait photos with artistically blurred backgrounds (bokeh).
The second way was with AI. Google uses to determine the best exposure for a particular scene.
Lucid, co-founded by Adam Rowell and Han Jin, wants to take things a step further and meld the advances in dual-camera hardware with the processing progeny from AI to help your phone see more like a human. The company's stereoscopic 3D Fusion Technology was originally created to power eye-cameras for robots.
"He [Rowell] wanted to mimic human eyes through technology," said Jin, chief executive officer of Lucid. "Imagine if devices could have the same capabilities as humans -- what could they do for us?"
But in 2015, Lucid scraped the robot eyes and focused on adapting its software to work in a consumer-friendlycalled . In 2018, the company partnered with Red the maker of high end cinema cameras to design an . The Red camera is an example of how Lucid's 3D special sauce software can be scaled up to power dual-4K image capture and processing. The Red 8K 3D camera is also notable because it will use Red's much-hyped holographic phone, , as a live 3D monitor for capturing footage.
Lucid's 3D Fusion Technology software uses a combination of machine learning, AI and historical data to allow a phone to gather depth information and apply it to a function or an app. Your portrait mode photos would look better because the camera would have better depth information to create the bokeh.
But the usefulness of Lucid's 3D Fusion Technology goes beyond just taking photos and videos. For example, a single camera on a phone can detect a face. But a dual-camera powered with Lucid's software can identity a specific face. This enables a phone to "scan" your face and securely lock and unlock your phone even for mobile payments. The only phone that's currently secure enough for this is the, . Lucid's 3D Fusion Technology could allow other phone makers to adopt truly secure face identification at a much lower price and without the need for special sensors.
Another use would be motion tracking. You could control your phone without touching the screen. Just move your hand through the air.
Jin says that Lucid has already started working with phone, camera and drone makers to bring its technology to future devices. He says we should see a phone using Lucid's tech in the coming months.
As far as those robot eyes Lucid was working on? Well, now the only robots Rowell and Jin are interested at the moment are the ones on.
Dual rear cameras are officially a thing now.
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