Toshiba has introduced a smartphone camera module that utilizes two sensors to capture "deep focus" images. The technology appears to be similar to Lytro's cameras
, simultaneously capturing images and depth data. Users can then manipulate the depth of field or focal plane after taking a single picture.
The integrated processor outputs a 13-megapixel still, though the final picture is a composition from each of the five-megapixel sensors arranged side by side. The module also features a digital focus system that is said to eliminate the need for mechanical components.
Aside from post-capture focus manipulation, Toshiba also suggests the technology could be used for object extraction and gesture input. A press release referenced
hints that the company may enable third parties to create new applications for such features.
Toshiba expects mass production to begin in April.