Scientists from the University of Waterloo have come up with novel algorithms to capture a 3D vision through cameras. The new technique promises to change the way we consume digital memories, embrace the real world, and perhaps even go further with virtual reality.
Our eyes naturally capture vision in 3 Dimensions. However, current cameras are not capable of translating this vision into 3D dimensions. Hence, these face limitation and make way for the regular 2 dimensions. This isn’t a problem for us when we are clicking selfies. However, it is a major limitations for scientists who wish to capture large data sets in real time.
So, the new work on 3D camera will deliver more challenging and in-depth analysis of 3-dimensional objects. The researchers have managed to open up every pixel on current cameras to deliver a full-field 3D view.
This is a major advancement for technologies like Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Current cameras fail to capture the depth of the real world and communicate it to computers. This can leave plenty of holes unfilled as the system prepares to take on real world with advanced systems. The new applications like IoV or Internet of Vehicles can change transportation as we know it. And, yet the camera and sensors in this technology yet do not completely comprehend reality as well as our eyes.
A Vision of the Future
The scientists created new algorithms which compute surface shapes at the same frame rate as videos. This makes way for capturing highly accurate data with a measurement accuracy of 0.1mm. Moreover, the technology works on static objects as well as moving objects. This is a major plus point for technologies such as autonomous driving.
Recently, some car makers faced issues with their autonomous driving models as the sensors did not capture movement of pedestrians swiftly. This can result in increased accidents. While, this is certainly not the case today, the reduced vision for sensors during night can worsen the problems.
Furthermore, new applications or technology driven aids are on the horizon like robot assisted surgery. In the future, we may see an actual robot conducting an emergency procedure, thanks to its understanding of movement of blood, and other organs.