Unispectral Introduces Mass-Market Tunable Near Infrared Filter, Spectral Infrared Camera

The Israeli company's miniature tunable filter turns low-cost infrared cameras into 700-950nm spectral cameras. It is best suited for facial recognition, consumer portable devices, IOT, robotics and mass market cameras, Unispectral says

Israeli spectral imaging company Unispectral announced today the availability of a new Evaluation Kit for its tunable near-infrared (NIR) filter and camera.

The core product consists of a tunable microelectromechanical system (MEMS) filter assembled on a camera module. A RaspberryPi computer is used to capture parameters and interface by USB/WiFi to a PC or mobile device. A software development kit (SDK) is included to develop additional applications.

"Our excellent team is proud to roll out this tunable filter which connects seeing with sensing. It makes spectral cameras accessible for mass-market platforms. The market strives to find an effective solution for adding spectral information to cameras and we believe our technology offers the best blend of performance, and cost," said Ariel Raz, CEO of Unispectral.

The ColorIR camera captures multiple frames in different NIR wavelengths, filtered by a miniature Fabry–Pérot optical cavity MEMS. This unique solution breaks the price for legacy spectral cameras, thereby enabling new markets and use cases.

ColorIR could be used for facial authentication, access control, and payment terminals in the security market; image enhancement, low light and shadow picture corrections for smartphone cameras; as well as for various other purposes such as remote health inspection, fruit inspection, pesticide detection, production line inspection, and auto dealer management systems. 

The ColorIR evaluation kit is offered to customers for both performance evaluation and application development. It captures the filtered images while processing is done locally on the RaspberryPi, or exported to a PC via USB/WiFi. It includes a 4.3" touchscreen for easy operation.

Founded in 2016, Unispectral is a pioneer in spectral imaging. The company was established in the labs of Tel Aviv University with the mission of bringing the power of spectral imaging to consumer devices.