Elphel is an open hardware and free software camera designed by Elphel Inc. primarily for scientific applications, though due to its both open hardware and open source camera software, FLOSS, it can easily be customised for many different applications. Elphel Inc. was founded in 2001 by Russian physicist Andrey Filippov who emigrated to the United States of America in 1995.
The current model is named "Elphel 353".
On the 6th December, 2010 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) of the camera rig Elphel Inc. developed for Google Street View
Elphel cameras are being used to capture images for Google Street View and the Google Books project and are used in a Global Hawk UAV operated by NASA. 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. The Franken camera F2 developed by Stanford University uses the Elphel 10383 sensor front-end. The camera was used in the Apertus Project by a group of enthusiasts and moviemakers worldwide who work to achieve a digital cinema solution.
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