There has been some buzz around a development taken forward at Stanford.
Andrew Adams, a graduate student at Stanford under Marc Levoy, professor of Computer Science and Electric Engineering, are developing a camera that runs Linux at its core and will allow developers to load their own software to tune the different parameters of the camera.
This approach is expected to spur innovation in this area, however, the optics, the sensor and other electro-mechanical components will still continue to be a limiting factor on performance.
One of the first functionalities that is being considered to be developed, is to have the camera take multiple shots to compose an HDR image. Other ideas are to include control of the depth of field and be able to store all possible depth of field versions of one image with one shutter press.
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