xTeleZoom extends the lossless zoom range of iPhone 7+ dual camera

Computational imaging technology increases the resolution and enables high quality zoom beyond iPhone 7+ 2x telephoto camera hardware.

February 27, 2017. Barcelona.
Today at Mobile World Congress, Almalence, the leader in computational imaging technologies announced its xTeleZoom app for the iPhone, enabling extra high quality zoom capability. Using a sophisticated computational technique, the app is able to dramatically preserve resolution and suppress the noise while zooming.

Mobile phone photography is still limited in its ability to zoom in without sacrificing resolution and image detail. While there is no practical way to create an optical zoom solution in mobile form factor constraints, the phone makers, including Apple, add an extra telephoto camera to their devices to provide good zoom quality. This approach, however, is able to provide only a limited optical zoom factor as the longer focal length lenses in mobile size constraints suffer from decreased aperture, resulting in low resolution and high noise level.

“We developed xTeleZoom because even the most advanced hardware solutions alone cannot address the need for taking high quality zoom photos”, said Eugene Panich, CEO of Almalence. “The decreasing thickness of new phone generations poses bigger challenges on the lenses ability to zoom and resolve good image quality. Software like xTeleZoom is the only practical way to break the zoom quality barrier”.

Almalence’s xTeleZoom uses computational imaging technology that enables better zoom shots from the iPhone without compromised image quality. Originally developed for professional photography it’s now available as an iPhone app to extend the high quality zoom range of the telephoto camera of the iPhone 7+. The users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models without a tele camera will also benefit from higher quality zoom using the xTeleZoom app.

xTeleZoom is available on iTunes for $.99: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/xtele-zoom/id1189050574

xTeleZoom enables lossless zoom for iPhone

About Almalence
Almalence, an Intel Portfolio Company, is the global leader in computational imaging technologies used in a wide range of optical systems from high-end DSLR cameras to mobile phones. Almalence’s solutions are licensed by top smartphone OEMs. Almalence Inc. is a privately owned company with headquarters in Austin, Texas and the team distributed across the world – USA, Russia, Israel, China, and South Korea. For more information about Almalence technologies please visit www.almalence.com.

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Almalence licenses SuperSensor computational imaging technology to Intel

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Almalence Inc., one of the world’s leaders in computational imaging, announces today that it is working closely with Intel to enable Almalence SuperSensor Technology on the Intel® Atom™ x3 processors. SuperSensor, the latest technology from Almalence is a pure computational software solution that helps improve the image quality of a mobile device. SuperSensor simultaneously improves resolution, low light performance and dynamic range with the same effect as if the sensor and lens were both increased in size, but without actually having to make any hardware changes.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/almalence-licenses-supersensor-computational-imaging-technology-to-intel-300205532.html

Almalence receives investment from Intel Capital

Funds will be used to develop next generation imaging technologies

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Almalence Inc., one of the world’s leaders in computational imaging, announces today that it has received an investment from Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization. The funds will be used by Almalence to develop the next generation of mobile imaging technology enabling mobile cameras to achieve the image quality level of DSLR cameras.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/almalence-receives-investment-from-intel-capital-300134772.html

Almalence’s SuperSensor boosts mobile camera quality beyond physical limitations

Almalence Super Sensor LogoToday at the Embedded Vision Alliance meeting, Almalence has announced SuperSensor, a groundbreaking technology for integrated camera quality improvement without hardware modifications.

During the last few years mobile handset makers have been struggling to deliver the best image quality and advanced camera features. The camera has nearly become the number one feature of a mobile phone and the main thing that makes a difference for users. While the mobile camera quality seems to have nearly achieved its physical limitations, Almalence’s new technology is designed to give this a leap beyond confines.

SuperSensor Examples

Top: the font is too small, the illumination is too low and dynamic range is too high to capture the pictures.
Bottom: same scenes, same conditions, same camera, but with SuperSensor technology.

“Mobile handset makers always come to a point where camera quality improvement is impossible due to size restrictions or the cost, usually both”, says Eugene Panich, CEO of Almalence. “Using a computational component such as SuperSensor is a way to improve mobile camera features without adding a micron to its size and at just a small fraction of the cost of typical hardware improvement. While hardware improvements can take years to utilize, the time to market for a computational component could be as short as days, and you can even put it into the devices that are already sold via a system upgrade.”

Unlike other imaging solutions, each of which improves some specific property such as dynamic range or noise level only, SuperSensor provides complex improvements. Its effect is similar to replacing a 1/4” sensor with a 1/3” sensor containing more pixels, which results in higher resolution, lower noise, higher speed, and wider dynamic range altogether.

A demo of SuperSensor in a form of Android app for Nexus 5 is publicly available on Google Play. The first devices which utilize the Almalence SuperSensor technology are expected to be available on the market in 2015.

Further information, examples and demo can be found at: almalence.com/doc/super-sensor-demo

About Almalence
Almalence develops computational photography methods and imaging technologies that improve imaging quality and make advanced photography features available. Whether it is a mobile camera or a hi-end DSLR, a microscope or a satellite imaging system, Almalence’s solutions enable the improvement of basic image quality parameters such as resolution, low light performance, and dynamic range beyond the cameras’ physical limits. Almalence is a mobile imaging solutions provider for top mobile handset OEMs, a maker of the world’s best and unique desktop super resolution software and end-user mobile camera applications.

Almalence joins Embedded Vision Alliance

Almalence is a member of Embedded Vision AllianceAlmalence, Inc. today announced it has joined the  Embedded Vision Alliance, an industry group that brings together providers of the technology used to create practical applications of computer vision.

Almalence is joining the alliance to propose its computational photography technologies aimed at imaging quality improvement beyond the physical limits of optical systems. Whether it is a mobile camera or hi-end DSLR, microscope or satellite imaging system, Almalence’s solutions can be used to improve the basic image quality parameters such as resolution, low light performance and dynamic range, providing higher quality “eyes” to computer vision applications.

 

Meet us at Photokina 2014

Computational photography and mobile imaging at Photokina. Advanced desktop photo software and mobile apps. Open source mobile camera app framework.Almalence will be presenting:

  • Live demo of Super Resolution on a handset camera
  • Renewed A Better Camera for Android bringing drastically improved user experience due to utilization of Android L camera API
  • Other cutting edge computational photography and mobile imaging technologies

We will also be giving an introduction to usage of Open Camera, an open source camera app framework, as a part of “I want to be a photo app developer” workshop.

See you at our stand B-16 in Hall 9.1