Light’s ‘Clarity’ Depth Camera Could Be A Game Changer

“Light,” a former camera company has announced a new depth sensor that could be a game changer, upending LIDAR and computer vision based depth measurement, by producing a combination RGB image and depth map with ranges out to an astonishing 1000 meters. Presuming it works as promised and can be delivered at scale, this is astonishing news.

Some of you will know Light as a company that made a computational camera with 16 lenses at 3 different focal lengths. Combining the images let them produce a high resolution image with an adjustable depth of field, hoping to get SLR quality in a flat box. The tested their first product, and while interesting, it was not ready for prime-time. They later got money from Softbank. My presumption was they would attempt to use computational photography to

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