Researchers Invent a Way of Shooting 3D Photos Using a Single Lens

The applications of this on the consumer photography market are likely nil, but researchers at Ohio State University have invented a method of shooting 3D photographs using a single lens. The trick is that the lens is cut like a gem, giving it eight different facets in addition to the main face that “see” the subject from different perspectives. Custom software then takes in the image and processes the 9 different views to create a single 3D image.

Here’s what a ball-point pen looks like when viewed using the lens:

Currently they’re only using the concept to shoot 3D images of microscopic objects, but hopefully in the future they can create a larger version of this lens that can do macro (rather than micro) 3D photography.

(via Popular Science)

Image credits: Photographs by Ohio State University

  • Mclarke74

    a pic of the final product would be nice

  • Charter Bus DC

    Here is Similar Story

    Staying true to its 3D word, Sony has created a revolutionary new camera, called the HFR Comfort-3D, which allows the recording of 3D images using just a single lens.

    This is a breakthrough, as it may mean that viewers may be able to watch the same piece of footage in both 3D and 2D, giving the format more universal appeal.

  • Tarmo

    Inventing the bicycle.

    This lens will need a new camera or at least a new firmware to post-process it to viewable form. Sony already has this, it’s called 3D Sweep Panorama.

  • Brandon

    Funny… looks like the invisible camera (April Fool’s) video on Vimeo posted on here from a couple days ago

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