Sharp announces Worlds first 3D camera module capable of capturing high-definition 3D video images
Sharp has developed a 3D camera module for mobile devices capable of capturing high-definition (720p*2) 3D video images, an industry first. Images are composed of two views taken using two cameras that simultaneously capture separate images for the right and left eyes. Consequently, a 3D camera requires peripheral circuitry to apply image processing to the two images, for example, to adjust color or to correct positioning between the images from the two cameras. Manufacturers have thus been pursuing designs that reduce the size and weight of 3D cameras and seeking ways to shorten their development period.
The current 3D camera module developed by Sharp incorporates functions to process the image data output by the left and right cameras, including Color Synchronizing Processing to adjust color and brightness, Timing Synchronizing Processing to synchronize the timing of the video signals, and Optical Axis Control Processing to correct positioning. Sharp will start shipping samples in July. Mass production of these modules will begin within 2010.