4-Eye Camera: A Method to Enhance Photographs by Transferring Texture and Contrast from NIR Images (09129N)
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The 4-eye Camera uses Near-Infrared (NIR) light to augment the usual RGB colors in a camera, and is thus able to record more details. The camera effectively sees in 4 colors (“eyes”), hence its name.
The method enhances a color photograph by transferring image details from a corresponding Near-infrared (NIR) photo of the same scene. This NIR photo must be taken from the same position as the color photo, and be of the same spatial resolution. This requirement must be satisfied before the method can be applied.
The end result is a single color photo that is visually more pleasing than the original color photo. Image details are enhanced while preserving the relative brightness/darkness of the scene.
This software method could be built into the camera itself, or else provided as a software feature.
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