Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, #robots and #VR by @mariella_moon on @engadget
  • As a result, the team’s robot eye has the ability to refocus images after they’re taken, which is light field photography’s most popular feature.
  • That small device can adjust the focus of an image, because it also uses light field imaging tech.
  • The researchers compare the difference between looking through a normal camera and the one they designed to the difference between looking through a peephole and a window:”A 2D photo is like a peephole because you can’t move your head around to gain more information about depth, translucency or light scattering’.
  • A rugged robot can use its light field features to refocus images as it makes its way through the rain.
  • It can improve close-up images for search-and-rescue robots or self-driving cars while navigating small areas.

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