Ricoh has announced the Theta M15, a second version of its 360-degree camera. The M15 is also capable of 360-degree spherical images, which can be viewed using Ricoh's mobile app or theta360.com. The M15 adds video recording to its portfolio with clips up to three minutes.
On Wednesday, at the annual Developers Conference, international chip manufacturer Intel said that laptops with 3D sensors instead of traditional webcams will be on sale before the end of the year, thanks to the company providing the technology. Also, tablets with the same functionality will be hitting the shelves sometime in 2015.
LSD-SLAM is a novel, direct monocular SLAM technique: Instead of using keypoints, it directly operates on image intensities both for tracking and mapping. The camera is tracked using direct image alignment, while geometry is estimated in the form of semi-dense depth maps, obtained by filtering over many pixelwise stereo comparisons. We then build a Sim(3) pose-graph of keyframes, which allows to build scale-drift corrected, large-scale maps including loop-closures. LSD-SLAM runs in real-time on a CPU, and even on a modern smartphone.
Apple is hard at work on tech to take iPhone picture quality to new levels, specifically a "super-resolution" imaging engine that uses optical image stabilization to capture multiple samples that are then stitched together to form a high-density photo.