Nanowerk: Imec presents hyperspectral cameras, smart lenses at SPIE Photonics West on January 25-27, 2011 developed within its NVISION program.
Hyperspectral cameras divide the light spectrum in many small wavelength bands. Today's hyperspectral cameras are bulky and slow and very expensive. This makes them only suitable for research purposes. However, they show a huge potential in many application domains. Imec's research into hyperspectral imaging aims at developing a high-speed, user-friendly, compact, flexible and cost-effective MEMS-based solution, relevant for industry, agriculture and medical practice.
In smart lenses imec embeds micromirror arrays into the optics of cameras to make a very compact, lightweight, high quality and cheaper zoom lenses. By controlling the tilt angles of individual micromirrors in the array, the focal distance can be varied and a zoom lens without any macro-physical movements can be made.