SWIR and depth sensors up for Laser World of Photonics award

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Three companies have been shortlisted within the imaging and sensors category of Laser World of Photonics’ first innovation award.

Trinamix with its distance measurement sensor; SWIR Vision Systems with a new SWIR camera based on a colloidal quantum dot sensor; and Emberion with its nanotechnology-based 512 × 1 VIS-SWIR linear array sensor, have all been nominated for the award.

The winning innovation will be presented in a ceremony during the evening of 24 June at the Messe Munich exhibition centre.

Europa Science, publishers of Electro Optics, Imaging and Machine Vision Europe, and Laser Systems Europe, is sponsoring the new award, which will be given alongside the existing start-up prize, now being presented for the third time.

A jury that includes the heads of the Optical Society, Spectaris, and Toptica will select the finalists for both the start-up and innovation awards.

The Trinamix (A2, 519) imaging systems calculate a 2D image, depth information and material classification. All three features are captured in real-time with a standard CMOS sensor and a light projector. Applications range from robotics to gesture control.

SWIR Vision Systems’ (B3, 103) Acuros shortwave infrared camera features a broadband image sensor based on colloidal quantum dot (CQD) thin film photodiodes fabricated on silicon readout ICs. The Acuros SWIR camera offers full HD resolution at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.

Emberion (A2, 113/3) introduces a nanotechnology-based 512 × 1 VIS-SWIR linear array sensor designed primarily for spectrometry applications. The sensor provides consistent responsivity with very low noise over a broad (400-1,800nm) spectral range. The sensor comprises an array of 25 × 500µm pixels monolithically built on a CMOS readout integrated circuit. It has a 16-bit digital output.

The finalists with all the categories can be found here.

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