Quantum video sensors, more power to see in the dark

Quantum video sensors, more power to see in the dark

Quantum Video Sensors? A few days ago, the California based company InVisage Technologies has just presented to the public its latest product called QuantumFilm, that is, the first quantum mechanics based video sensor.

Thanks to its technology and philosophy, this sensor is capable of achieving results 4 times better if compared to the normal CMOS sensors used for mobile phone cameras. Quantum based semiconductors are able to capture up to 95% of the light around them, a huge improvement if compared to the average result of 25% achieved by silicon sensors used for all digital cameras available on the market now.

In this way, it will be possible to obtain a better image quality, especially in conditions of poor lighting, allowing even the smallest digital micro cameras to achieve professional results, while keeping their encumbrance to a minimum.

How Quantum Video Sensors developed?

The Quantum Video sensor, which has been developed over the course of three years at InVisage laboratories, captures the image, which is then sent to the standard silicon-based CMOS sensor, which in turn reads it, processes it and then transfers it to the camera memory where it is stored. Quantum Film should see the light of commercial launch by the 4th quarter of 2010, and it should at first be used on high end mobile phones and smartphones, at least during its inception phase.

At a later stage, it will be also used on video and photo cameras; we are eagerly waiting for new developments in what could be a real breakthrough, a step forward in the video surveillance field, especially for gathering video and photo intelligence in poor lighting situations.

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