Camera Focuses Near and Far Simultaneously

TORONTO, May 5 (UPI) — University of Toronto scientists say they have made a breakthrough in video camera design by developing a new distance-mapping technology.

Researchers, led by Professor Keigo Iizuka, said their Omni-focus Video Camera delivers automatic, real-time focus of both near and far field images, simultaneously, in high resolution. That, they said, is an unprecedented capability that can be broadly applied in industry, including manufacturing, medicine, defense and security, as wall as for the consumer market.

The Omni-focus Video Camera was produced in collaboration with consulting investigator David Wilkes, president of Wilkes Associates, a Canadian high-tech product development company.

“The Omni-focus Video Camera’s unique ability to achieve simultaneous focus of all of the objects in a scene … without the usual physical movement of the camera’s optics, represents a true advancement that is further distinguished in terms of high-resolution, distance mapping, real-time operation, simplicity, compactness, lightweight portability and a projected low manufacturing cost,” Wilkes said.

Iizuka said the camera is still in the research stage.

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