Phones that take 3D images are a step closer as Toshiba Electronics has joined forces with mobile multimedia processor firm Movidius to produce a 3D system solution for smartphones.
The 3D imaging solution is created using Movidius's MA1178 Dual ISP and video processor chip, which is combined with the eight megapixel extended depth of field (EDOF) camera made by Toshiba.
Perfect for high-end smartphones, the EDOF camera is better than the traditional autofocus with regards to 3D synchronisation.
Shiro Ando, vice president of Toshiba Europe, said that the device would: "Allow a perfect focus matching of stereoscopic images, which leads to superior 3D picture quality.
"The system solution offers flexibility for customers to implement a symmetric or asymmetric set up of either two 8 megapixel EDOF cameras or a combination of 8 and 3 megapixel EDOF cameras."
Mr Ando also said that the Movidius's 3D solution gives better multimedia features than those currently offered.
Mr Ando said the system would: "Enable mobile handset makers to meet consumer demand for a superior 3D mobile experience. "
Movidus has made the manufacturing process easier by rectifying distortion via software as opposed to later needing a laser trimming during production.
Copyright Press Association 2012