Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2015

Israeli Startup Unispectral May Have Invented a Tricorder

It is only fitting, considering Leonard Nimoy’s recent passing, that we have yet another example of Star Trek having accurately predicted future technologies.

spock with tricorder

Unispectral, a startup supported by Tel Aviv University’s Ramot Organization, has developed a new camera lens so sensitive that it can actually see through things like the human body. People are already comparing it to a tricorder from Star Trek.

It is only fitting, considering Leonard Nimoy’s recent passing, that we have yet another example of Star Trek having accurately predicted future technologies. Countless stories published by JBN have made the comparison to new tech and Star Trek Gadgets.

MRI’s that look like something out of Dr. McCoy’s sick bay, cell phones that look like communicators, touch screens and now tricorders. Soon we will be having Scotty beam us around the world.

While for now doctors will still have to poke and prod us to get a proper diagnosis, they soon might be able to do so in a matter of moments. Imagine if your doctor could see inside you simply by waving his smart phone over your body to see everything going on inside of you.

That, more or less, is what tricorders did on Star Trek.

Unispectral declares its aim to be to break the image quality bottleneck by replacing the Bayer color filter array with a tunable spectral filter and complementary image fusion IP-core. Its technology is compatible with compact camera modules and common computational platforms. The solution includes a reference design of the optical component and SW library.

The company’s solution also provides hyperspectral imaging capabilities to any camera. This enables a wide range of applications such as wearables, M-health, IoT, industrial QC, medical imaging, agriculture and many more.
The technology is backed by multiple patents that cover all aspects of the solution.

The camera offers 2x more light captured, 2x resolution and improved dynamic range compared to standard compact cameras. Thus, Unispectral cameras achieve image quality improvement by utilizing common components. Furthermore, each camera is transformed into a smart camera, enabling multiple M-health applications that used to require stand alone spectroscopes.

Unispectral technology is developed at Tel Aviv University and funded by the Momentum Fund. The Fund’s lead investors are the Tata Group, Ltd and Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore. Another key investor is the SanDisk Corp.

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