Apple buys Israeli 3D/multi-image camera company LinX Computational Imaging

“Apple Inc. has acquired Israeli camera-technology company LinX Computational Imaging Ltd.,” Orr Hirschauge and Daisuke Wakabayashi report for The Wall Street Journal.

“The companies had been discussing an acquisition price of about $20 million, according to people familiar with the matter,” Hirschauge and Wakabayashi report. “LinX develops and markets miniature cameras for tablets and smartphones. Using an array of sensors that capture multiple images at the same time and proprietary algorithms, LinX says its cameras can gauge depth and create three-dimensional image maps.”

“Last year, the company said its tiny camera modules allow for better-quality pictures in low light and faster exposure at standard indoor conditions,” Hirschauge and Wakabayashi report. “It said the technology offers single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera image quality without the need for a bulky device.”

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MacDailyNews Take: May this technology find its way into iPhone, extending its lead as the best smartphone camera, and other Apple products ASAP!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Jeff.L,” and “BD” for the heads up.]

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  1. Unfortunately, even the most sophisticated technology can never fully compensate for the limitations of a teeny-tiny image sensor, but it’s definitely fun to watch Apple push the envelope.

  2. Hmm. So what can we do with 3D image maps? I sniff the 3D future a little bit stronger today. We can capture the world doing 3D things. Or, the device can capture US doing 3D things and do things in response! IOW: 3D gestures, gaming…

    So how are captured 3D image maps going to be expressed on the display of the device? Apple already has some patents addressing at least a couple methods, if I recall.

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