Sony’s new smartphone camera sensor can record 1080p at 1000fps!

Sony has been a big name when it comes to cameras and related products however the company hasn’t been clearly living up to its potential when it comes to smartphone cameras. That could possibly change in the near future however. Sony has now developed a new CMOS camera sensor for smartphones that could revolutionize smartphone photography (or videography if that was a thing).

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With the stacked high-speed, low power consumption, high-capacity DRAM, the new sensor can read one still image of 19.3 million pixels in only 1/120 second (approximately 4x faster than conventional products), reducing the time lapse for reading each pixel line. This technology minimizes the focal plane distortion in still images that tends to occur when shooting fast-moving subjects on smartphones, which lack a mechanical shutter for controlling exposure time.

The new sensor is the industry’s first  3-Layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM which can shoot 1080p slow-motion video at a blistering 1,000 frames per second. To put it in normal english, Sony added RAM to the image sensor to enable high speed capture, eight times faster than the current competition. High end smartphone cameras such as the iPhone 7, Google Pixel or any other that you think is the best, cap out at 120fps at 1080p or 240fps at 720p so obviously, 1000fps at 1080p is a big deal.

The camera captures two streams one of which is at 1000fps and the other at a regular speed both of which are then stored onto the on-chip RAM (independent of your device RAM) for later processing. The connection between the camera and the smartphone’s chipset is slower and takes about 1/30th of a second to store images while the new sensor can do the same job in 1/120th of a second.

This means that the Sony sensor can capture stills of fast moving objects with less focal plane distortion. Here’s a 64x slow-mo demo – from 960fps to 15fps – captured with the new 3-layer image sensor.

The sensor itself has an effective pixel count of 5520 x 3840 (21.2-megapixels), but still images are shot at 19.3-megapixels in 4:3, 17.1-megapixels in 16:9. The Japanese giant hasn’t offered any timelines or info as to when we’ll see this new sensor implemented in an actual smartphone but I hope it is soon.

Source : Sony

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Google’s Material Design lead Nicholas Jitkoff is leaving the company

Nicholas Jitkoff has been with Google for over a decade, since 2006 as a designer and lead the team responsible for the company’s Material Design for Android apps. To say the design language was successful would be an understatement. However, Jitkoff is now departing from the company for another gig. Dropbox, the cloud storage company has announced that Jitkoff would be its new VP of design.  Continue reading “Google’s Material Design lead Nicholas Jitkoff is leaving the company”

Hugo Barra will leave Xiaomi and return to Silicon Valley

After more than three years at Android smartphone maker Xiaomi, Hugo Barra is exiting the company. The Xiaomi global VP announced his plans to leave the company  and return to Silicon Valley in a post on Facebook saying that “the last few years of living in such a singular environment have taken a huge toll on my life and started affecting my health.” He explains that his friends and home are in Silicon Valley, and his family is much closer to that part of the globe than his current home in Beijing. Continue reading “Hugo Barra will leave Xiaomi and return to Silicon Valley”

Bluetooth 5 officially approved : 4x Longer Range and 2x Faster Speed

Bluetooth is a wireless connectivity standard that is as normal in our devices today as a headphone jack, sometimes even in devices lacking a headphone jack. Although unlike the headphone jack, bluetooth has evolved a great deal since its inception and the latest version for a while has been Bluetooth 4.x.

That is about to change now as the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) finally announced the adoption of Bluetooth 5 as the new standard. Continue reading “Bluetooth 5 officially approved : 4x Longer Range and 2x Faster Speed”

This new technology can charge your smartphone in seconds which will last for weeks

Batteries, perhaps the most un-advanced components inside a smartphone. The biggest and the only con we’ve had switching from feature phones to smartphones has always been battery life. Even though the size of the batteries has increased significantly over the years, the battery still only lasts through a day in the good cases. And then they take hours to charge completely even with all thee impressive fast charging standards.

The long hours that your smartphone takes to charge may soon become a thing of the past, as scientists have developed a new process to make electronic devices charge in seconds. This new process for creating a supercapacitor battery concept can store more power and can be recharged more than 30,000 times. The method can be used in mobile phones, electronic gadgets and electric vehicles. Continue reading “This new technology can charge your smartphone in seconds which will last for weeks”

Google acquires Undecidable Labs, a shopping startup, to boost its image search

More tech companies are increasingly turning to deep learning, a subdomain in artificial intelligence that seeks to train neural networks to mine large volumes of data including photos and leverage the structured data to inform decision making. With that in mind, Google continues to make a big bet on AI as previously highlighted by Sundar Pichai.

Last month acquired a small startup called Undecidable Labs, according to a new report. Now co-founder and chief executive Cathy Edwards is head of product and engineering for Google’s image search tool, according to her LinkedIn profile. Continue reading “Google acquires Undecidable Labs, a shopping startup, to boost its image search”

Google’s RAISR Algorithm Makes Your Low -quality Pictures Look Sharp and Live

Back in the day when displays would max out at 800×600 resolutions, having images measure 640×480 wasn’t a big deal. In fact it was considered to be pretty big back then. Fast forward to today with monitors reaching up to 5K, clearly an image with a 640×480 would feel almost unrecognizable on a huge screen.

The Internet is full of low-res images whether due to the limitations of one’s camera or device, or just purposefully down-scaled images for the intents of faster page loading. Enlarging an image without turning it into a mesh of pixels is something we’ve only seen on TV shows and perhaps some movies. But Google has developed a technique that incorporates machine learning in order to produce high-quality versions of low-resolution images. Continue reading “Google’s RAISR Algorithm Makes Your Low -quality Pictures Look Sharp and Live”

AT&T acquires Time Warner (incuding Superman, Batman, DC Comics, Warner Bros. among others)

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AT&T has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner for more than $85 billion, a blockbuster deal that fuses a mobile giant with an entertainment conglomerate, carrying with it the potential to reshape the media landscape.

The two companies on Saturday jointly announced the deal, unanimously approved by both boards, that will see the mobile company pay $107.50 per share in a cash and stock transaction. The deal represents a marriage of Time Warner’s limitless movie and television empire with AT&T’s 315 million wireless subscribers. Continue reading “AT&T acquires Time Warner (incuding Superman, Batman, DC Comics, Warner Bros. among others)”

Samsung begins Industry’s first mass production of System-on-Chip with 10-Nanometer FinFET Technology

Considering that the vast majority of Android smartphones are powered by processors designed by Qualcomm, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that Samsung themselves not only design, but also manufacturer smartphone processors. In fact, Samsung has had a recent history of producing processors for even the biggest names such as Qualcomm. Samsung today announced that it has started  mass production of System-on-Chip (SoC) based on 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET technology, as it had promised last year. It also claims that it is the first in the industry to make 10nm SoCs. Continue reading “Samsung begins Industry’s first mass production of System-on-Chip with 10-Nanometer FinFET Technology”

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