Google patents image replacement technology for smartphones
This one truly shows off the brilliance of the developers at Google. The big G have submitted a US patent request over an new technology that will supplement your mobile device’s camera when the image is too poor.
Imaging taking a photo of a far-off object with your zoom set to maximum, resulting in a poor quality image. Your phone will then use its compass, GPS/GLONASS and time of day to search the Google servers for an alternative image of the object you are photographing. Be it from Google Images or Google Streetview, the handset will then interpolate and replace the poorly photographed subject with an inlay of the object from a better image! There is even provision in the software to recognise the time of day the photo was taken so that a similarly lit image can be inlaid.
It seems that this patent was developed a while ago, as the illustrations are shown on an iPhone 3G, but we can only hope that development is being continued on Android.