Gathering Light

rajiv laroia

Rajiv Laroia

(The Light Company)

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Date: October 16, 2015


With digital cameras in every cell phone, everyone is a photographer. But people still aspire to the better zoom, the lower noise, and the artistic bokeh effects provided by the digital SLR cameras, if only these features were available in as convenient and light-weight a package as a cell phone or a thin compact camera. Traditional high-end cameras have a big lens system that enables those features, but the drawback is weight, bulk, and inconvenience of carrying and switching lenses. In this talk, we discuss an alternative approach of using a heterogenous array of small cameras to provide those features, and more. Light’s camera technology combines prime lenses that provide an optical zoom equivalent of 35mm, 70mm, and 150mm lenses. Small mirrors allow reconfiguring the cameras to select the right level of zoom and field of view. This talk describes the architecture of this flexible computational camera.

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Rajiv is the cofounder and CTO of The Light Company, a company dedicated to re-imagining photography. He previously founded and served as CTO of Flarion Technologies, which developed the base technology for LTE. Flarion was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006. Prior to Flarion, Rajiv held R&D leadership roles in Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. Rajiv holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, all in electrical engineering. He is recipient of the 2013 IEEE Industrial Innovation Award.

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Created: Monday, October 19th, 2015