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Fujitsu Turns Any Smartphone into 3D Video Recording Camera

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Jap an's Fujitsu Laboratories says that it has developed a hardware software combination that can be attached to any cameraphone and enable it to record stereoscopic 3D images.

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of opportunities for viewing 3D image content in movies or on TV. Photo and video sharing sites with 3D compatibility have also appeared, and there is significant demand for devices that allow users to capture and enjoy their own 3D content. At the same time, until now 3D image capture required specialized equipment, making it difficult for the average user.

It is for this reason that Fujitsu says that it developed a technology that enables the capture of 3D images. This is accomplished by affixing a small attachment onto the lens of a smartphone, with the captured images processed via remote (cloud) computing to convert it into 3D content.

Fujitsu leveraged its proprietary image processing technology to develop an attachment that directs outside light from two different directions into a single image sensor, while being of a size small enough to attach onto a mobile phone or smart phone lens. Distortion may occur in 3D images, so corrective processing once the distortion has been captured by the camera's imaging sensor is performed. This made it possible to shrink the attachment, composed of four flat mirrors, to a mere 57 x 14 x 14 mm. This helps reduce the cost of the technology by 90% compared to products currently on the market.

By leveraging cloud computing to perform load-intensive processing -- including processing to correct distortion caused by the accessory's mirrors and processing to convert the content into easy-to-view 3D images -- the technology can be used on mobile phones and smartphones without special software or processors.

Details of the new technology will be announced at the International Symposium on Consumer Electronics (IEEE ISCE), to be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the United States.

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