Latest in Science

Image credit:

MIT imaging chip creates natural-looking flash photos

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
February 21, 2013
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Mobile image processing in itself isn't special when even high dynamic range shooting is virtually instant, at least with NVIDIA's new Tegras. A new low-power MIT chip, however, may prove its worth by being a jack of all trades that works faster than software. It can apply HDR to photos and videos through near-immediate exposure bracketing, but it can also produce natural-looking flash images by combining the lit photo with an unassisted shot to fill in missing detail. Researchers further claim to have automatic noise reduction that safeguards detail through bilateral filtering, an established technique that uses brightness detection to avoid blurring edges. If you're wondering whether or not MIT's work will venture beyond the labs, don't -- the project was financed by contract manufacturing giant Foxconn, and it's already catching the eye of Microsoft Research. As long as Foxconn maintains interest through to production, pristine mobile photography won't be limited to a handful of devices.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Google's COVID-19 reports show where people are obeying stay-at-home orders

Google's COVID-19 reports show where people are obeying stay-at-home orders

View
Skype rolls out 'Meet Now' calls that don't need a a sign-up or installation

Skype rolls out 'Meet Now' calls that don't need a a sign-up or installation

View
Disney+ will stop cropping old 'Simpsons' episodes in May

Disney+ will stop cropping old 'Simpsons' episodes in May

View
Ten years in, a look at the iPad killers that weren't

Ten years in, a look at the iPad killers that weren't

View
Waymo’s fifth-generation Driver can peek around blind spots

Waymo’s fifth-generation Driver can peek around blind spots

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr