Bloomberg reports that Nokia’s venture capital arm Nokia Growth Partners is planning to invest in Pelican Imaging, a California based startup which specializes in smartphone imaging. Pelican Imaging has developed a revolutionary new array camera for mobile devices, providing depth at every pixel. Focus on any subject, change focus (even on multiple subjects) after you take the photo, capture linear measurements, scale and segment your images, change backgrounds, and apply filters, all from any device.
Array cameras, which use multiple optics and mesh the data into one image, “are on the cusp of being commercialized and Pelican does software for that,” Bo Ilsoe, a partner at Nokia Growth Partners, said yesterday in a phone interview from California. “It’s very complicated to do this algorithmically and Pelican is one of the companies that has mastered this technology.”
This move comes as no surprise as Nokia has been investing heavily in mobile imaging technology to differentiate it from other competitors. Last year, they bought mobile imaging start up Scalado.