Apple buys LinX to bump up camera tech

Anthony Caruana
16 April, 2015
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Apple has shelled out around $20 million to buy Israeli start-up LinX. LinX  has developed super small cameras with SLR-like image quality.

According to LinX their multi-aperture cameras are nearly half the height of a standard mobile camera and are capable of creating stunning colour images and high accuracy depth maps.

The engineers at LinX claim to have solved problems associated with combining multiple images captured from different points in space. The LinX software extracts very accurate depth information for each pixel and creates a depth map. The software creates true depth information on high contrast objects and on near flat surfaces.

According to LinX, their technology introduces many advantages over traditional mobile photography. By replacing one large sensor with two or more smaller ones, they have reduced the height of their device by a factor of 1.4 to 2 while increasing light sensitivity by a factor of 3 by using a monochrome sensor. The technology allows a fast exposure at indoor standard lighting conditions of 100-200 lux that assures crisp images free from motion blur.

Looking back, Apple has made strategic purchases in the past such as PrimeSense Ltd, a developer of chips that enable three-dimensional machine vision, solid-state drive maker Anobit and processor maker Intrinisty.

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