"CTO Kartik Venkataraman is quick to stress that the real magic is in the image processing software that reassembles a full-resolution image and detailed depth map from the many low-resolution versions captured by each section of the imager. In its 4 x 4 reference design the 16 .75MP images are processed and reassembled into an 8MP final JPEG version, complete with embedded depth map.
...When he co-founded the company in 2008, there weren’t any mobile processors fast enough to run them [algorithms] in real time. Now there are. It is no accident that Pelican’s demo at Mobile World Congress used a Snapdragon 800. Taking advantage of the CPU, GPU and ISP on high-speed mobile designs is crucial to making the Pelican imager work. Recognizing its reliance on tight integration with mobile device architectures, and the reality of its small size, Pelican has elected to license technology and design expertise to hardware vendors, rather than going it along with its own finished products. It expects to begin announcing partnerships soon, with products in the marketplace by the first half of next year.
...Pelican imager generates a low-resolution depth map in literal real time, ...which after the fact it can process into a full-resolution depth map for more detailed applications.
Pelican believes that in volume its imager designs should cost under $20 to produce, a similar price to the camera modules used in high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone 5 today."
|Pelican Imaging Camera Module|