New camera captures 3D images at record speed and resolution

The new camera captures 3D images at record speeds and resolutions. It will help to develop VR and LiDAR technologies faster.

Researchers have developed the first-megapixel camera that can capture individual photons when shooting in 3D. The new camera is capable of detecting photons at record speeds – this can accelerate the development of technologies that require three-dimensional images – augmented reality and LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles.

“Thanks to its high resolution and ability to measure depth, the new camera can make virtual reality more realistic and allow it to interact with information more smoothly,” said Eduardo Charbon of the Laboratory for Advanced Quantum Architecture.

The new camera can shoot at up to 24 thousand frames per second. For comparison: 30 frames per second is the standard speed used to record television video. “The new camera can help achieve unprecedented levels of images”, the scientists said.

The researchers used a new camera to determine the flight time of the photons that the laser emitted. They also made complex shots that were difficult to capture using other visualization methods, for example, an object viewed through a partially transparent window, and used the camera to take pictures with an unprecedented dynamic range. In the future, they plan to further increase the performance and temporal resolution of the camera.

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