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Elphel NC353L
Elphel model 353 with internal HDD

Elphel, Inc. designs and manufactures open hardware[1] and free software[2] cameras primarily for scientific applications, though these products can easily be customised for many different uses. Elphel Inc. was founded in 2001 by Russian physicist Andrey Filippov who emigrated to the United States of America in 1995.[3] The current (2016) model is named "Elphel 393".[4]

On December 6, 2010[5] Elphel launched their first panoramic camera solution (that is publicly available) called "Elphel Eyesis". Eyesis can be seen as the successor (designed for low parallax[6]) of the camera rig Elphel Inc. developed for Google Street View.[7]

NC393 multisensor camera kit, for developers



Elphel cameras are being used to capture images for Google Street View and the Google Books project[8] and are used in a Global Hawk UAV operated by NASA.[9] The Moss Landing Marine Laboratories use Elphel cameras in their project called Submersible Capable of Under Ice Navigation and Imaging (SCINI) – a NSF-funded research project for robotic under the sea ice for surveying and exploration in Antarctica.[10] The Franken camera F2 developed by Stanford University uses the Elphel 10383 sensor front-end.[11] The camera was used in the Apertus Project in 2006[12] by a group of enthusiasts and moviemakers worldwide who work to achieve a digital cinema solution.

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  1. ^ Open source hardware 2009 - The definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009, Make:, 2009, retrieved November 23, 2010 
  2. ^ Elphel camera: free software and open hardware, Free Software Foundation, 2009, retrieved March 31, 2013 
  3. ^ Andrey N. Filippov, Elphel Inc., retrieved August 28, 2011 
  4. ^ "Elphel: Free Software & Open Hardware Imaging". Retrieved 2017-04-18. 
  5. ^ Announcement, Elphel Website, retrieved January 1, 2011 
  6. ^ Elphel Eyesis Development Blog Post: Elphel Eyesis camera optics and lens focus adjustment, 2010, retrieved January 1, 2011 
  7. ^ Elphel Eyesis Product Page, 2011, retrieved January 1, 2011 
  8. ^ "Weekly Google Code Roundup", Google Code Blog, Google, August 10, 2007, retrieved November 22, 2010 
  9. ^ Janz, Scott J (April 6, 2010). "Elphel camera on the Global Hawk". Elphel Technical Support (Mailing list). Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Engineering", Ice Aged Project, Cal state, 2010, archived from the original on July 22, 2010, retrieved November 23, 2010 
  11. ^ Frequently asked questions about the Frankencamera, 2009, retrieved March 24, 2011 
  12. ^ "AXIOM (camera)". Wikipedia. 2017-04-18. 

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