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Aquila Tablet Brings 3-D Imaging to the Palm of Your Hand

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Mantis Vision's new Aquila tablet features groundbreaking 3-D imaging technology in a small, easy to use package. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

A new tabled called the Aquila not only sees the world in 3-D, but it also translates what it sees into thousands of points of 3-D data.

What does that mean for the average consumer? Well, creating a 3-D image, such as a player in EA’s popular FIFA games, typically requires thousands of dollars worth of equipment and big motion capture studios. The subject has to wear a suit covered with reflective dots, and each dot ends up as a data point programmers use to make a realistic-looking player.

What this system from Mantis Vision in Israel allows, though, is for motion capture from anywhere, anytime, with just a mobile device.

"The consumer will be able to hold the phone in his hand, capture himself from a short distance with tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of such points, and everything that he's doing - every mimic, every motion - will be captured in less than a millimeter accuracy," says Ami Loven of Mantis Vision.

The Aquila packs some very powerful technology, and developers are in the midst of exploring its full capabilities and creating new 3-D experiences for users. But how does it all work? The answer lies in the mobile device's sophisticated software and an extra camera located on its side.

The camera itself is nothing special. The flash associated with the camera is what makes all the 3-D magic happen.

"You will have the small illumination, like a flash, that will illuminate an invisible light wave length, the unique pattern, which will be captured by the camera, transmitted to the application processor that will run the software and create the 3-D data," Loven says.

Mantis Vision says it is working with Google on similar technology through Project Tango, a prototype tablet out now for content creators. The company is also working on deals with other device manufacturers to get the technology into a variety of phones and tablets, which consumers will be able to use by the end of next year.

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