Omni-focus Digital Camera Focuses On Both Near And Far Objects Together

Do you sometimes feel irritated when your webcam focuses on one object, only to have the background blurred beyond recognition? While the effect looks great in photography, it’s not something that you’d want all the time with a video camera. Now the folks over at the University of Toronto have come up with the Omni-focus camera, using a new distance-mapping principle, allowing it to deliver real-time automatic focus on both near and far images in high resolution. This camera integrates a Divergence-ratio Axi-vision camera (Divcam) with an array of colors to map the distance information for every pixel in the scene in real time. The output of camera is then selected individually pixel by pixel to generate the final image. Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it?

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