Portable Camera Array Experiment Project
Intel Labs / Interaction Design / 2013
Problem Intel had great technology with Camera Arrays but was not sure where it should be applied to
Solution Presented several concepts for the use of the technology in real life. Selected one example and created a concept video.
Camera Array technology has many benefits compared to the current image capturing technology. It enables features such as Hi-Speed Video, HDR Video, shifting a view within a stopped time and motion, interactive augmented reality and refocusing.
In order to explore this technology, our team assembled a homemade version of camera array with portable cameras that can be easily found in the current market. The camera array we built is made of 9 GoPro cameras on a fixed stand. We used a remote to control all cameras, and we synchronized the cameras using a commodity flash bulb attachment.
Our array is designed for outdoor or wide-angle shots that are full of items at varied depths. We synchronized all videos based on the initial flash, hand-picked a desired scene, then extracted an image per camera. Afterwards, we rectified and aligned the images so that the scene is in the right orientation, calculated disparity between the cameras, segmented different objects out, and outputted a 3D point cloud.
We also built a viewer that can interactively change the focus of the photo, add inserted elements or images to the scene, and move the camera around the 3D point cloud.
Even with a great technology, if people cannot find a good use for it in their life, there is no use to the technology. This is why we also ideated for applicable areas that the camera array could be used in. We explored several experiences such as event planning, instructional photographs, sports refereeing and many more. Then we created a concept video that portrays one of the experiences. In the video, an event planner is planning a wedding for a bride. The planner uses features on a photograph, which are enabled by the camera array technology, to give the bride a preview of the special day.
Team Members France Jackson, Anamary Leal, Danya Rao & Shao-fu Shih
Concept Video for Portable Camera Array Experiment Project