VR camera makers Lucid are offering a purely software solution for multi-camera devices that allows almost human levels of depth perception.
Lucid are perhaps best known as the makers of the LucidCam, one of the first commercially available virtual reality 180-degree cameras on the market. That company is now seeking to expand its reach and further democratise the process of making VR and 3D video by offering its AI-powered 3D Fusion technology for smartphone and other dual and multi-camera devices.
The Lucid software solution means that several devices that are equipped with two more more cameras will become capable of capturing panoramic 3D images including depth-of-field information.
The advantage of the Lucid software is that it eliminates the need for multiple sensor rigs and castle depth sensors, relying purely on AI software algorithms. As Han Jin, the CEO of Lucid, explains: “The way we as humans accurately perceive three dimensions and distances is not solely based on our two eyes but rather a combination of experience, learning and inference. As chips and servers begin to approach the processing power of our brains, we can mimic this intelligence in software only, using AI and data on top of dual cameras,”
Devices such as smartphones robots drones and security cameras will be able to use the software to capture footage with almost human levels of depth perception. Lucid has already begun to incorporate this software into devices from several companies, and is also working with laptop, drone and chip makers to improve the next generation of products.
“The depth information that is captured through the addition of the second camera is what separates a device from recommending you similar clothes to knowing much more, such as the precise size, shape, style, fit, and texture. This leads to a much bigger benefit for consumers, and thus belongs in many more products than just the LucidCam,” said Jin.