Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC (Redmond, WA)
What is a Patent for Dynamic detection and correction for inaccuracy of the light field camera array
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In one general aspect the instant application reveals lighting field camera systems. A light-field camera system may include an array of light cameras and the controller is designed to collect first image data for the first camera and second image data from the first camera, and third data from the second camera. The second camera may be located at a different location than the first camera, having a field of view that overlaps the field of view of the first camera. The controller could also be set to detect an inconsistency within an image of a scene in the first image data and the second image data or between the first image data and the second image data. In addition the controller may be configured to automatically attempt the generation, upon the detection of inconsistency correction data for the first camera in order to lessen or eliminate the detected inconsistency.
A light field camera system could also comprise a lightfield camera array. This could include means to obtain a first picture data from the first camera, means to obtain an additional data from the second camera and means to obtain an additional data from the second camera. The second camera is situated at a different position than the first camera with a field that is larger than the field of view ofthe first camera. The light field camera system may comprise a method for detect an inconsistency in the image of a scene, between the initial image data and the secondimage data, or between the first image data and the third image data. Additionally, the light field camera system can comprise a method of trying to produce, in response to the detection of the inconsistency or inconsistency, the correction data for the first camera to lessen or eliminate the inconsistency that is detected.
Another feature of the invention are methods for operating light field camera arrays. One method is to obtain an initial image data file from a first image camera in the light field camera array for the first time, then obtaining another image data from the first camera in the array of light field cameras for a second time before the first, and obtaining an additional image data by using an additional camera in the light field camera array at a different position than the first camera, and having a field of view overlapping the field of view of the first imaging camera. This could involve detecting inconsistencies in an image of the scene, between the second and first image data, or the first and third image data. In addition, the method could include automatically trying to generate, in response to the identification of the inconsistency, a correction for the camera that is the first to reduce or eliminate the observed inconsistency.
The purpose of this Summary is to provide a range of concepts in a simplified format that is further explained below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify the key features or essential aspects of the claims subject matter. This Summary is not meant to limit the scope or application of the claimed subject matter. Additionally, the claimed subject matter isn’t restricted to only implementations that resolve the disadvantages mentioned in any portion of this disclosure.Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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