Scallop Imaging & Distributed Imaging: The first truly new cameras in 200 years
Although the world largely switched to digital imaging, camera design had not changed in 200 years: a box, one lens and one piece of film (sensor). With this legacy design model, if you want wide angle, you use a big fisheye lens, if you want high resolution, you use a bigger piece of film (sensor).
At Scallop imaging, we realized there was a better way: to distribute the imaging task among multiple smaller sensors and computationally combine their outputs in the camera itself.
Distributed Imaging has allowed us to build the first cameras that truly mimic human vision: a constant undistorted 180° view, plus simultaneous zoom details from wherever you want in that beautiful panorama; now, all combined in one standard video frame.
Distributed Imaging allows us to build cameras with any desired field of view and with any desired resolution:
- We gave our M6-200 camera a 200° field of view so it could see the fence it was mounted on...no fisheye lens can see a 200° panorama.
- We can produce, for example, a 100 megapixel camera by simply using (10) ten megapixel sensor...and there are no 100 megapixel single videos sensors available. (And if they were, imagine the cost!)
Scallop cameras also have a unique method of conserving bandwidth. They put high resolution on the subject, but allow you to select the areas you want to see in high resolution and combine those zoom details with the constant over sampled 180° panoramic view. In this way our D7-180 gives you the benefit of 7 megapixel resolution, but efficiently packages the information you need into a standard 720p HD frame at up to 15 fps. The camera can also output the whole 7 megapixel image at a lower frame rate.
Distributed is the future of Imaging.
Scallop technology is covered by an extensive portfolio of issued and pending US and foreign patents.