Dynamically reconfiguring images with flexible OLED FlexCam (w/ Video)

Aug 21, 2013 by Nancy Owano weblog

(Phys.org) —Thanks to a team from the Human Media Lab at Queens University in Ontario, a prototype could show the way to easier, faster, and more accurate ways to shoot panoramic shots. Their step up in gadgets for photography is in the form of something called FlexCam, a special camera that can shoot panoramas by combining a flexible OLED viewfinder with a camera array. This may be considered a new bent, literally, in panoramic devices. As the team describes it, they are combining two emerging concepts in consumer electronics and photography: the trend toward camera arrays and the trend toward flexible display devices. The result is a "compound" type of camera platform.

Last year, Nicholas Fellion, Conner Dockie, Roel Vertegaal of the human media lab at Queens University published their paper, "FlexCam –Using Thin-film Flexible OLED Color Prints as a Camera Array," which talks about their prototype, consisting of a 320x240 Color Flexible OLED display, array of three , two Flex sensors and leather chassis. This is a prototype that allows for the photograph to act as a camera, exploiting the flexibility of the as a means to dynamically reconfigure images captured by the photograph. They recently released a video that shows the prototype in action.

"FlexCam augments a thinfilm color Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) photographic viewfinder display with an array of lenses at the back," they said. "FlexCam's flexible camera array has altered when flexed, allowing users to dynamically expand and contract the camera's field of view (FOV)."

Integrated bend sensors measure the amount of flexion in the display. The degree of flexion is used as input to software, which dynamically stitches images from the camera array and adjusts the viewfinder size to reflect the virtual camera's FOV.

This video is not supported by your browser at this time.
FlexCam is a novel compound camera platform that explores interactions with color photographic prints using thinfilm flexible color displays. FlexCam augments a thinfilm color Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) photographic viewfinder display with an array of lenses at the back.

According to the video, the image configuration is highly responsive to bend interactions. The user can rapidly and precisely adjust the camera configuration.

Overall, the trio believe their prototype suggests an advance in future mobile camera equipped devices. Image manipulation with a camera array is a fetching concept for future mobile devices. "FlexCam shows that it is possible to use a flex-sensor instead of data garnered from costly image processing to create a realtime viewfinder for a flexible camera array."

FlexCam is just one of several initiatives at the Human Media Lab. Its focus is on "disruptive" technologies and new ways of working with computers. The lab is currently working on the design of Organic User Interfaces (OUI), which allows computers to have any shape or form through flexible and other non-flat display technologies.

Explore further: Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror

More information: www.hml.queensu.ca/blog/2013/8… camera-array-youtube

FlexCam—Using Thin-film Flexible OLED Color Prints as aCamera Array: kameraflage.com/portfolio/FlexCam_Final6.pdf

Related Stories

Bell Labs researchers build camera with no lens

Jun 04, 2013

(Phys.org) —A small team of researchers at Bell Labs in New Jersey has built a camera that has no lens. Instead, as they explain in their paper they've uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, the camera ...

Ricoh shows off omnidirectional camera (w/ video)

Feb 06, 2013

(Phys.org)—A novel panoramic camera from Ricoh is under development and it is described as a step beyond compact and single-lens reflex (SLRs) cameras. Takaharu Asahina of the New Business Development Center, ...

Recommended for you

Cyclist's helmet, Volvo car to communicate for safety

11 hours ago

Volvo calls it "a wearable life-saving wearable cycling tech concept." The car maker is referring to a connected car and helmet prototype that enables two-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists ...

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

12 hours ago

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles ...

Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror

Dec 20, 2014

Cadillac said Thursday it will add high resolution streaming video to the function of a rearview mirror, so that the driver's vision and safety can be enhanced. The technology will debut on the 2016 Cadillac ...

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones (Update)

Dec 19, 2014

Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone ...

Cheaper, more powerful VR system for engineers

Dec 17, 2014

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming.

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

betterexists
not rated yet Aug 21, 2013
Disney World should provide this everyone visiting there for a returnable deposit to pick up all the photos on flash drives.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.