Adobe recently demonstrated a prototype lens that -- coupled with software algorithms -- can make 3D photography possible. What is amazing is that the technology can let users alter images in 3D, essentially changing the position from which the photo was taken in the image itself.
To put the exact idea in perspective, here's a quote from the article at News.com:
Today, if you want to trim all the distracting background out of a picture -- say, the crowd behind your daughter playing soccer -- you have to do a lot of artful selection with high-powered software such as Photoshop. But what if your computer understood the depth of the image, just as you did when you took the picture, and could be told to just erase everything that's a certain distance behind your kid?
The video for the whole demo is available at AudioBlog.fr. The technology is in very early stage of development, and according to Dave Story, VP of digital imaging product development at Adobe, it was the work of a single engineer.
Recently, Adobe has been flexing its arms into the Web domain. However, Adobe is at the forefront of imaging technologies with its suite of imaging products, and the innovation is indeed amazing.