The Breakthrough

A team of engineers from Duke University have been able to discover a way to unlock the 3D imaging capability of regular digital camera technology which was previously unrecognized. This was done by repurposing its existing components, namely the focus and image stabilization modules. Their experiment revealed to them that using a beam splitter in order to emulate the workings of a camera allowed them to investigate how image stabilization in modern cameras can record 3D information.

The Implications

Although it is still in its early stages in the lab while also making use of surrogate technologies, these researchers believe that the techniques they have done may one day be applied in future consumer products which will have the capability to produce 3D images. Aside from providing users with 3-dimensional photography, this kind of technology could also lead to a more refined auto focusing process.

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