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3D Camera for Smart Phones

Sharp plans to start selling the module to phone manufacturers this year.

  • May 13, 2010
Sharp’s new 3D camera module. Credit: Sharp.

Sharp Corporation announced yesterday that it has developed a module for smart phones and other devices that can capture high-definition 3D images. The module combine views from two cameras to create an image, automatically correcting differences in color, brightness and positioning.

The company says the camera module can be embedded in digital cameras, smart phones and other devices. While Sharp hasn’t announced a price for the module, it will begin shipping sample modules to manufacturers in July. It plans to start mass production sometime later this year.

Sharp is one of many companies pushing 3D. Last month it announced that it would sell 3D LCD television–joining a host of other companies releasing 3D equipment.

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