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Nokia (NOK) is investing in Pelican Imaging, whose technology promises to improve autofocus,...

Nokia (NOK) is investing in Pelican Imaging, whose technology promises to improve autofocus, depth, and splicing for phone camera images, a move NOK hopes will help it win back customers from Apple and Android users. Array cameras, which mesh multiple optics into one image, "are on the cusp of being commercialized. It's very complicated to do this algorithmically, and Pelican is one of the companies that has mastered this technology," Nokia says.
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  • Andreas Hopf
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    Very promising as a differentiator and, contrary to a Lytro camera that needs volume, fairly straightforward to integrate into a smartphone. See http://bit.ly/ZZu1NP and http://engt.co/ZOWzOB for what their research is about and what it may lead to.
    30 Apr 2013, 05:24 AM Reply Like
  • Timothy Bryan
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    Det låter bra! Vad spännande!
    30 Apr 2013, 05:40 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    En liten revolution i fotografi med smartphones...
    30 Apr 2013, 06:15 AM Reply Like
  • Timothy Bryan
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    Jag hoppas det...
    30 Apr 2013, 07:34 AM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Great links @sys, jattebra allihooppa...
    30 Apr 2013, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Hmm, interesting; Nokia building on their strengths, eh?

     

    [anyone note the story about the Iranian scientist's time machine? Too bad it can only look 5 to 8 years into the future; they might otherwise have been able to travel to the 21st century!]
    30 Apr 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Davidoff
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    Meanwhile Apple "invest" $50b in their own shares. I just hope that Apple will have enough money left to keep paying Nokia for their patents during the next 5-10 years.
    30 Apr 2013, 07:11 AM Reply Like
  • Timothy Bryan
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    LOL, I think Apple will always have their strident fan base, but I cannot imagine a world where windows does not get 20 percent of the market within two years.
    30 Apr 2013, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    I can!
    30 Apr 2013, 10:11 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    Windows already has virtually all of the corporate market. Apple has almost always done well -- after the iPod -- with the consumer market. And after WinXP came out started to decline in the graphics PC market too.
    30 Apr 2013, 10:24 AM Reply Like
  • mitrado
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    Great news for Nokia, which means the stock will drop at least 5%... right!?
    30 Apr 2013, 07:38 AM Reply Like
  • Timothy Bryan
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    I think it is not going to go down much further again. It would seem the the upward trajectory of their Lumias' sales would mean the last of brushing up against the 3 dollar barrier. We will see, but that makes the most sense to me.
    30 Apr 2013, 07:45 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    Yeah no kidding. But it's pretty safe to be in NOK right now.
    30 Apr 2013, 10:25 AM Reply Like
  • InvestorDaliy
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    i said all along Apple should buy NOK , end threat of domiant os, collect royalites, that tim cook is a clown, instead of 50 billlion shares, buy NOK, the use facilites to crank out a NOKIA MAC PHONE
    30 Apr 2013, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    Wait, MAC already has it's own phone? And if MAC were to bid for NOK I think MS would too. OMG. What a feast we would have.
    30 Apr 2013, 10:26 AM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    Nokia used to be a $12 stock.

     

    In fact, it was much higher than that a few years ago.
    30 Apr 2013, 09:22 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    That is a true statement.
    30 Apr 2013, 10:11 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    Apple use to be a $700 stock.
    30 Apr 2013, 09:34 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    But Apple still generates tens of billions of free cash. Nokia? Not so much, eh?
    2 May 2013, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    That is another true statement.
    2 May 2013, 03:01 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    920 takes a licken and keeps on ticken.

     

    http://bit.ly/15XfzNC
    30 Apr 2013, 11:45 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    This is awesome technology, make sure you check out the youtube video.. http://bit.ly/ZUUQG3

     

    Anyone know if this deal contains any exclusivity?
    30 Apr 2013, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    That is pretty awesome. Basically removes the depth of field problem.
    30 Apr 2013, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    All sussed, Mr.K! I wondered why a company with such technology would go for less than global domination, but it transpires that Pelican is a start up, so even though Nokia are strapped for cash, they have enough to acquire an interest in Pelican, who are no doubt grateful for any such injection.

     

    Even so, it's a huge gamble for Nokia, who must be pretty confident they are on to a winner? They must think it's a game changer, in which case, if Nokia can get exclusive use, then at each developmental advance, they can move on to the new technology, while licensing the previous technology to others, who they presumably hope will be struggling in their wake by then?

     

    I've not been that interested on cameras on smartphones (but on an Asha?) myself, but from what I've read, it's a big draw for most purchasers, so the potential fall-out from this is likely to be spectacular, whichever way it goes: Nokia back to global domination, or else, down the plug 'ole; Nokia and their investors are going to be living in interesting times...
    4 May 2013, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • lancair
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    The 'exclusivity is called a patent. '
    30 Apr 2013, 10:57 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    lancar,

     

    thank you, I know what a patent is.
    Now, do you (or anyone) know if Pelican Imaging arrived at an exclusive arrangement with Nokia, or if Pelican Imaging will license to anyone with the cash (I.e., Apple, BlackBerry, etc.)
    1 May 2013, 06:02 PM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Just a guess Mr.K, but I doubt they'd sell an exclusive license to such a small (relatively) manufacturer.
    2 May 2013, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    I hope you're wrong gwyn. It would really suck for this to be a real market shaker, then have the likes of Apple and Samsung just jump on the bandwagon with the tech.

     

    I guess what leads me to think there is a chance at exclusivity is that Nokia is *investing* in the company, not simply licensing.. I could imagine that this cash would have some sort of strings attached; i.e., exclusivity.
    2 May 2013, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    Which is the case.
    2 May 2013, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • gwynfryn
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    Yes, that could be!
    4 May 2013, 05:59 AM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    MS went with Nokia for its Win 8 phones. It could have gone with Samsung.
    4 May 2013, 07:24 PM Reply Like
  • Doug Dallam
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    I wanted to get out of the now ranged Nokia position but this makes me want to stay in . . . need. . .more. . .leverage. . . .!
    4 May 2013, 07:25 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    Check out this video on Here Drive.

     

    http://bit.ly/10elUfH
    6 May 2013, 01:48 PM Reply Like
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