INSTITUTE OF APPLIED PHYSICS - Compound eyes as a model for intelligent camera modules

Compound eyes as a model for intelligent camera modules

Cost-effective, intelligent, powerful and at the same time as small as possible, this is what cameras of the future should be. To develop such cameras, a consortium of six industrial partners together with the IAP, the Fraunhofer IOF and the Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics, put on the use of coordinated image sensors with sound dynamics in combination with special micro-optical systems.
The compound eye of insects is the model for the new optics. Produced with the help of micro-and nano-structuring technology and through parallelized and automatized production, they should be cost-competitive in Germany also. Through their exceptional performance parameters and low manufacturing costs, many new applications will be imaginable, especially in fast-growing fields of optical technologies in Germany: Industrial image processing, security technology and automotive.

Developing several types of cameras up to the demonstrator
For instance, a high dynamic range camera for machine vision, a camera for use in video security systems in means of local transport (ÖPNV) and "Automotive Camera" will be developed as prototypes. Such cameras can be also used in mass products, e.g. as a mobile phone and video telephony cameras.
To enable the development of these promising applications by new cameras, the BMBF supports the project "Self-adapting intelligent Multi-aperture Camera Modules - SITARA".

Contact: Prof. Thomas Pertsch 

News from: 21.08.2013 11:20
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