In early 2011, the LG Optimus 3D was the first smartphone to carry two sensors. Almost 8 years later, LG this time plans to implement 16. The purpose of these 16 sensors is to take 16 photos with slightly different angles of view. The association of these images makes it possible to generate a final image by taking some of the elements from each.
With this patent, LG is walking on Nokia’s flowerbeds with its Nokia 9 Pureview and its 5 sensors and especially with its acquisition of Pelican Imaging, a start-up specializing in matrix sensors. Deposited at the American patent office, the illustrations show how the application works, thanks to the different photos taken, it is possible to orient certain parts of the photo as if they were in 3D.
Other information is given in this patent, without unfortunately showing illustrations. For example, the presence ofa “mirror” for taking selfies with the rear sensor or the integration ofa touchpad or screen on the back of the device. Even if LG manages to patent its smartphone, it will not be the first device to have as many sensors. Indeed the Lite L16 announced in 2015 released in late 2017 proudly displays its 16 sensors, but it is a camera, and unlike the LG patent, its 16 sensors are not arranged in a matrix but seem to be randomly asked.