The FlexCam Bends Allowing The Capture Of Panoramic Photos

The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada just released a video showing off their FlexCam.

When the camera is flexed, more area is captured in the viewfinder and the software then transmits all the information from each of the lenses together to create one cohesive image.

And the result is a panoramic image


How Does It Work?

The FlexCam augments a thin film color Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (FOLED) photographic viewfinder display with an array of lenses at the back.

Integrated bend sensors measure the amount of flexion in the display and the degree of flexion is used as input to software, which dynamically stitches images from the camera array and adjusts viewfinder size to reflect the virtual camera’s FOV.

Other Uses For The OLED Panel

It is unclear at the moment who actually made the flexible OLED panel being used in the FlexCam but this device isn’t the only one to surface featuring flexible OLED tech.

Samsung and LG have announced plans to produce them in the near future and recently trademarked some flexible OLED smart-watch designs like the Samsung Galaxy Gear. There are some doubts however as to whether or not this tech will be used in the first-gen product.

The Flexcam was developed by Connor Dickie, Nick Fellion and supervised by Prof. Vertegaal.

* An OLED (organic light-emitting diode) is a light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electroluminescent layer is a film of organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current.

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