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Let there be Light

Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

Last week, Light.co, which makes a computational photography camera, raised $121 million from SoftBank and Leica. “The new funding will allow Light to expand the reach of its imaging platform beyond consumer photography and into security, robotic, automotive, aerial and industrial imaging applications,” says the press release, and then comes the really interesting sentence: “Later this year, the first mobile phone incorporating Light’s technology will be available to consumers around the world. It will shatter the expectations of mobile photography.”

The venerable Leica camera was introduced to the world at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair and the brand became synonymous with first-class photography, but the company can see which way the wind is blowing. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Leica Supervisory Board, says: “With the rapid development of the computational photography, partnering with the innovators at Light ensures Leica to extend its tradition of excellence into the computational photography era.”

Light

While we wait for “the first mobile phone incorporating Light’s technology”, which “will shatter the expectations of mobile photography,” the Light L16 Camera can be yours for a mere €2,050. It allows users to captures a scene at multiple focal lengths and then uses “sophisticated algorithms to combine 10+ images into a single, high-resolution photo.”


Nao speaks 19 languages. TUG delivers drugs.

Wednesday, 4 February, 2015 0 Comments

It’s Day 3 of our look at robotics/AI. “Japanese bank introduces robot workers to deal with customers in branches.” That’s a story from today’s Guardian. “Hello and welcome,” Nao said. “I can tell you about money exchange, ATMs, opening a bank account, or overseas remittance. Which one would you like?” Note: The humanoid was developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics, which is a subsidiary of the Japanese telecoms corporation SoftBank. Its slogan? “Happiness for everyone.”

Talking of robots and happiness, a team of robots programmed to transport meals, medications, linens and lab specimens began their 24/7 jobs on Sunday when the new $1.52 billion San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay opened to the public. The 25 TUG robots were created by Aethon Inc. and cost about $6 million. They will enable the human staff to spend more time on providing medical care and less on moving stuff around the hospital. Happiness for everyone? Certainly not for those supplying cleaning, catering or laundry services in hospitals. But just in case our white-coated friends think that they can ignore these changes, the Big Data doctor will see us soon.