Apple Patent Describes New Camera Flash Redirector System For iPhone

News | Sunday September 26 2010 1:06 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

” talks about a flash redirector system that will target the LED flash on an iPhone to different areas of a scene instead of the current method where light is focused in one fixed direction. According to the document, this can be achieved in two ways. The first method makes use of a moveable lens with a fixed light source that can be used to target flash in any desired direction. Alternately, the flash system could also be incorporated with multiple light sources that are aimed at different parts of a frame and can be selectively illuminated depending on the requirements.
The patent application also describes two different ways to implement the flash redirector system. In the first method, a manual control system similar to the '
' feature on the recent versions of the iPhone is described where users may manually indicate the specific areas of a frame by tapping on the touchscreen. Alternately, Apple also describes an automated feature that makes use of artificial intelligence to selectively light up the several flash light sources according to the intensity of ambient light detected across the several sections of a frame.
The technology, if implemented, may become available for both photos and videos. The inventors have indicated that using the technology for videos may be more efficient on the batteries since they may only target the subject of the image.
The purpose of the patent seems to be to improve the quality of the photos taken in low light conditions.
. Considering that the patent application was filed way back in March 2009, we hope that Apple engineers are already in advance stages of development of introducing this feature in the next version of iOS for the the next generation iDevices.
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