In a world increasingly being driven by technology, Samsung Electronics Co. has patented a system to enhance a common yet irksome complaint many of us have encountered when snapping a photo with our smartphones – the blur from a shaky hand. The South Korean tech giant's new invention carries a patent number US20230252608A1 and aims to revolutionize the way we capture and store moments in our lives.
This notion of ‘motion blur’ is not a new problem, but their approach is relatively fresh indeed. It is all too common in our fast-paced lives to hurriedly snap a photo and then move on, only to revisit the image later and find it marred with blurs induced by minute, involuntary hand movements.
Samsung's method tackles the issue head-on. It commences by capturing a bundle of images and blending them under preset conditions. The outcomes of this blend are two images - one pristine and one hazy - both of which are stored subsequently.
The process does not stop there; the two resultant images form the basis for training an intelligent machine. This machine will then learn to 'unblur' the shaky image, mimicking an automatic sharpening facility built directly into our hand-held devices.
This invention might be the answer to challenges facing the implementation of AI-based image processing operations, which include, but are not limited to, the preparation, collection, and generation of training data. Manual data capture has always been a tedious and costly process. Therefore, a method that can guarantee premium image quality despite inadvertent hand tremors could prove transformative to the users of the Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Line or the Samsung Galaxy Tab Series.
Figures provided alongside the disclosure offer glimpses into the process. Without going into the technical depths, it suffices to say that they elucidate the various steps of image acquisition, processing, and the application of artificial intelligence to clean up the blurred images.
As we wrap up, it's essential to note that this is a patent application we are discussing - the information being shared is still within the realm of blueprints and planned implementation. It holds no guarantee that it will materialize as a feature in our handheld devices anytime soon. Yet, it remains an intriguing peek into what could become a staple feature for future Samsung Galaxy products – a simple solution to our inherent fumble resulting in photos as memorable as the moments they capture.