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Tessera technology targets image enhancement and improvement
by Judy Jefferson -  7/22/2010

Tessera Technologies has developed video enhancement technology that is designed to compensate for camera shake and vibration, as well as improve overall digital image quality.

The FotoNation Video Tools is a hardware/software solution for camera manufacturers that combines video stabilization technology and image enhancement to help overcome the image quality problems inherent with small digital cameras and camcorders. The software can significantly improve video quality by removing or reducing the effect of jerks and frame jumps, while improving images by softening skin tones and removing blemishes that may become more apparent with high-definition video capture and playback.

 

Since the solution relies on both hardware and software to offload image stabilization and processing from a camera's core resources, Tessera claims it can also improve overall performance of the device and accelerate image improvement tasks. The solution can also improve battery life, since there is less demand on central resources, said a company spokesman.

The FotoNation Face Tools technology includes the FotoNation FaceTracker solution, plus the SmileCheck, BlinkCheck and Beautification extension modules. The Face Tools technology can automatically zero in on a subject's face and check focus, exposure and color balance. It also reduces the appearance of wrinkles or other skin imperfections for enhanced still image quality. The software can also automatically detect and remove red- and golden-eye defects.

Also included in the toolset is FotoNation Face Recognition technology, which can identify and tag faces for simplified image management, sharing and retrieval.

The FotoNation Video Tools is available for licensing by camera manufacturers. More information on the company's digital imaging solutions is available at the Tessera Web site.