Toshiba Working on a Lightfield Camera Sensor for Smartphones

Photo: The Asahi Shimbun
This 1cm cube sensor will allow users to select their focus after an image is shot, in similar fashion to a Lytro
  • By Dan Bracaglia on December 27, 2012 –

The Lytro lightfield camera is nothing short of groundbreaking and it is likely only a matter of time before we see similar technology make its way to more consumer-oriented devices like cellphones. Toshiba seems to be taking the first step in that direction.

According to the Japanesse newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun, the company is working on a new sensor that is a 1x1cm cube. Inside the cube is half a million tiny lenses strategically places in front of an image sensor. The lenses act in similar fashion to the eye of a fly, each one capturing a slightly different angle. Using an algorithm, the camera can then assemble pieces from different lenses to make photos with varying focal points.