Spherical image processor reduces distortion in 360 degree camera

At MWC19 in Barcelona, Spain (25 to 28 February), Aspeed Technology will introduce the Cupola360, claimed to include the most advanced spherical image processor. It is specifically designed for 360 degree cameras and apps.

The Cupola360 includes the Cupola360 spherical image processor, 360 degree camera reference design, and accompanying apps. Six big-pixel high sensitivity sensors reduce lens distortion found in traditional solutions that use two fish eye lenses, says Aspeed. Cupola360 supports hardware in-camera (SoC) 360 degree image stitching and live-streaming of 4K 360 degree video which allows it to instantly start streaming video online without a set-up process and without needing post image stitching using computers or mobile phones. Additional features including 4K2K 30 frames per second high resolution video, HEVC H.265/H.264 encoding, 3D anti-shake, face tracking and apps which supports Android and iOS.

With built-in 2.4 and 5.0GHz wi-fi and Cupola360 apps, users can share 360 degree images and videos in social media feeds. When accompanied with a virtual reality (VR) headset, the 360 dgree contents created by Cupola360 can allow the wearer to will relive moments via VR reality consisting of 360 degree images. Aspeed believes that a spherical 360 degree camera will soon become a must-have device in every household.

Aspeed has joined forces with industry partners to form a 360 degree camera eco-system powered by Cupola360. Aspeed can offer a suite of technologies that includes SoC, built-in software, hardware and supporting smartphone apps. Aspeed hopes to build a 360 degree camera eco-system upon the integration of software and hardware systems.

According to Aspeed, the Cupola360 eco-system represents a revolutionary step forward for consumer-level 360 degree cameras and brings all those elements together with the newest ideas in hardware, software and social media.

In addition to the Cupola360 spherical image processor, there is a hyper-stitching engine for in-camera stitching and a hyper-WDR hardware dynamic range processing.

The output image is 32Mpixels (8K) and output video is 4K 30 frames per second (streaming and stored), there is also H.265/H.264 compression and 2Tbytes of addressable storage.

Connectivity is via wi-fi 802.11ac/a/b/g/n (2.4 or 5.0GHz) with

The Cupola360 spherical image processor is now available for integration in consumer-grade portable devices by partners.

Visit Aspeed at MWC19 (25 to 28 February) at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain, Hall 5, stand 5A61.


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