OmniVision Intros Dual-Camera Video Sharing
OmniVision today announced what it calls Video-in-Video (ViV) technology. This new capability, meant for smartphones and tablets, will allow such devices to combine and share the video feed from both the rear- and front-facing cameras at the same time. According to OmniVision, it has spent two years fine-tuning this technology, which uses a master/slave configuration between the main camera and secondary camera wherein the main camera is able to share is MIPI interface with the secondary camera. OmniVision's technology can then stitch to two video feeds together (or ignore one of them) and send it to the baseband for transmission over wireless networks. OmniVision thinks this feature can improve the mobile video-sharing experience, as it can be used to create a richer, more immersive view of the sender's surroundings to recipients. OmniVision did not say when the technology would become available to device manufacturers.
LG V10 Boasts Second Screen, Dual Front Cameras
LG announced the V10, a flagship smartphone that includes a ticker display, double cameras, and a more rugged design than some of LG's previous handsets. The main screen measures 5.7 inches and has quad HD resolution, while the secondary display, which sits above the main one, measures 2.1 inches and has 1040 x 160 pixels.
LG's G6 to Carry Dual 13MP Rear Cameras
LG today said its forthcoming G6 flagship smartphone will include two rear-mounted cameras and a single front-facing camera in much the same vein as last year's V20. The rear cameras will each capture 13 megapixels, says LG, with one taking standard field-of-view shots and the other taking 125-degree, wide-angle shots.
WhatsApp Adds Fun Camera Tools to Messaging App
Facebook-owned WhatsApp this week rolled out new features to its messaging application. Specifically, users can now write or draw on photos and videos, as well as add emoji to posts to give them character.
T-Mobile Last Major US Carrier to Offer Kyocera DuraForce Pro
T-Mobile today added the Kyocera DuraForce Pro to its roster of Android handsets. The phone has been available to AT&T and Sprint customers since last year, and to Verizon customers since January.
OmniVision's Latest Sensor Captures Standard and Infrared
OmniVision today announced a new imaging sensor that can be used for facial recognition as well as standard imaging. The OVT2744 is a 1.4-micron PureCel sensor that uses OmniVision's RGB-Ir technology to capture 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second, 720p video at 90 frames per second, or 2-megapixel still images.
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