blurry photo Toshiba smartphone camera technology to end blurry photos

Blurry photos may be a thing of the past, thanks to new technology being developed by Toshiba, which can put photos taken on smartphones back in focus.

Blurry photos may be a thing of the past, thanks to new technology being developed by Toshiba, which can put photos taken on smartphones back in focus.

 
The Japanese electronics firm is working on a camera module that contains a whopping half a million miniature lenses, each of which captures an image with a different focal length, allowing for the resulting image to be displayed with different people or objects in or out of focus.
 
This means that an image where a person in the foreground is blurred can be changed after the fact so that they are now in focus, helping avoid the need to retake pictures, but also saving potentially once-in-a-lifetime snapshots of people, locations, or events.
 
The tiny module, just one cubic centimetre in size, is similar to how an insect's eye works and follows on from developments made by Lytro, which launched a camera with similar features in 2011. Check out Lytro's gallery and click various parts of the pictures to see how the technology works in action.
 
blurry photo Toshiba smartphone camera technology to end blurry photos
 
Digital cameras are largely a thing of the past, however, thanks to the boom in smartphones, which usually contain a built-in camera that can produce high-quality pictures. Toshiba's shrinking of the technology into a size factor suitable for smartphones is where this could really take off. 
 
With handset makers looking for the next big thing to sell their devices, this could prove a major attraction, potentially enticing lucrative licensing deals with the likes of Apple or Samsung.
 
The technology is expected to be available by the end of the year.
 
Source: The Telegraph
Image Credit: Lytro/Ashley Schoenknecht