Fujitsu Will Make your Current Smartphone Shoot 3D VideoNot every camera has two sensors to let it capture 3D video. You might think that that puts them at risk of falling behind the (eventual) 3D revolution. But don’t worry: Fujutsu has your back. The company is developing an attachment to turn any phone into a camera capable of capturing 3D images and video.
The method to Fujitsu’s madness is a small clip-on box stuffed with mirrors. The idea is simple: bounce two separate images onto the sensor, each taking up a portion. Then that video is uploaded to Fujitsu’s servers, where the video is parsed into three dimensions based on the differences between the two different images.
You might have noticed one or two issues with this approach as you read it. Yes, the camera bounces both images onto the sensor at the same time. In order to prevent the loss of information, each image takes up a mere 25% of the screen. Fujitsu can’t expand the images any more without them overlapping with the other, and other technologies, like reflecting half the scene onto the sensor at a time, essentially implementing the active shutter system used on 3D televisions, would halve the framerate of the video.
So this is far from a perfect solution to capturing 3D video. But Fujitsu really thinks that 3D is the future. So much so that they would prefer lower-resolution 3D footage to higher-resolution 2D footage. They hope you agree, too.