The latest published patent filings from Apple show an interesting idea for a camera. Anyone who has taken a picture of themselves has probably seen how perspective can really screw up how you look if you're not careful. Ever see yourself and wonder why you look like Jay Leno? We don't know the science behind it, but for some reason, cameras have a weird way of capturing perspective. If you're a bit close up (FaceTime, for instance) and you tilt your head back, you suddenly have a monster chin. Not flattering while FaceTiming.
Here is the description of the patent filing:
"Methods, systems, and apparatus are presented for reducing distortion in an image, such as a video image. A video image can be captured by an image capture device, e.g. during a video conferencing session. Distortion correction processing, such as the application of one or more warping techniques, can be applied to the captured image to produce a distortion corrected image, which can be transmitted to one or more participants. The warping techniques can be performed in accordance with one or more warp parameters specifying a transformation of the captured image. Further, the warp parameters can be generated in accordance with an orientation of the image capture device, which can be determined based on sensor data or can be a fixed value. Additionally or alternatively, the warp parameters can be determined in accordance with a reference image or model to which the captured image should be warped."
For example, take a look at these. The hand is a more extreme example, but it still gets the point across:
Or little dainty hands?
Excuse me, sir, your trackpad is huge.
It seems that Apple seeks to correct this problem by using some smart stuff we don't quite understand. We don't know if it would help in extreme cases like the ones above, but it would definitely help keep you from looking like an alien when you tilt your head forward.