Spectral imager brings true colors to smartphone cameras

Spectral imager brings true colors to smartphone cameras

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By Rich Pell

Spectral sensing solutions provider Spectricity has introduced what it claims is the first miniature, mobile device-ready multispectral image sensor. Offered as being able to solve color fidelity issues of smartphone cameras, the S1 spectral image sensor can measure true color through the spectral signature of an object.

In addition to being a miniaturized, mass-manufacturable mobile spectral image sensor, the S1 captures the full visible and near-infrared range at video rates, required for mobile applications. It’s suited as a companion sensor to the main cameras in a smartphone.

“The S1 marks a phenomenal advance over any multispectral imager on the market,” says Jonathan Borremans, Spectricity CTO. “No one to date has managed to fit these specs into a miniature chip. The S1 can be integrated into any mobile device.”

Despite all advances in image sensor and camera technology, says the company, smartphones still cannot capture true color as they are limited by three color channels: red, green, blue.

“Essentially, even your high-end smartphone camera is color blind,” says Borremans. “The S1 uses richer spectral signature data, resulting in much higher color fidelity in your pictures. We’re confident that spectral imaging will become essential in all devices including a camera.”

The company says it is sampling the S1 to several smartphone manufacturers to be included in upcoming models to be released in 2024.


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