3-D Cameras Coming To Phones, Digital Cameras Soon

Finally, 3-D is coming to cell phones! I can’t wait to watch bouncy, grainy video of people getting drunk in all three dimensions!

Sharp is showing off their new camera module designed for future phones and point-and-shoot cameras. The technology, which begins shipping to developers in July, has a slew of technology behind it to get the timing right, the color right and everything else we need to make our friend’s band look like Avatar.

Sharp released a press release touting their new camera technology.

The current 3D camera module developed by Sharp incorporates functions to process the image data output by the left and right cameras, including Color Synchronizing Processing to adjust color and brightness, Timing Synchronizing Processing to synchronize the timing of the video signals, and Optical Axis Control Processing to correct positioning. In addition, Fast Readout Technology rapidly transfers video data from the image sensor, enabling 3D images to be captured in high-resolution HD mode.

Further, in developing this camera module, Sharp applied high-density mounting technology nurtured over long years of experience in camera module development to achieve a compact form. Embedding this camera module in mobile devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and smartphones will contribute to the development of a wide range of new, innovative communications tools.

Cutting through the jargon of the press release, it’s clear that this is a pretty interesting breakthrough. I’m not saying it will be worthwhile or cheap for the next several years, but giving real 3-D abilities to amateur filmmakers could level the playing field and foster some great stuff.

I doubt I’ll be buying the first version, but maybe I’ll get it on the Nexus Two.

[Via Engadget]

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