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Low-Cost Spectral Imaging on the Horizon

01/02/2017 8:58 PM

Here is something exciting. You don't often see "hyperspectral imaging" and "low cost" in the same sentence. Hyperspectral imaging means that instead of having three sample values (blue, green, and red) for each pixel in an image, each pixel consists of a full spectrum of values. As you can imagine, cameras that can do this are usually complicated and expensive, but very useful for analysis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperspectral_imaging

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Low-Cost Spectral Imaging on the Horizon

John Simpson 27 December 2016

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has created a hyperspectral mobile device by converting an iPhone camera into a new kind of optical sensor. According to VTT, this could bring the possibilities of low-cost spectral imaging to consumers, who would be able to use their mobile phones to gauge food quality or monitor health, for example.

Imaging paper currency reveals hidden security features. Image credit: Timo Kauppila.Optical spectral imaging offers a versatile way of sensing various objects and analyzing their material properties. Hyperspectral imaging provides access to the optical spectrum at each point of an image, enabling a wide range of measurements.

In VTT's device, an adjustable micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) filter is integrated with the camera lens. The adjustment of the optical MEMS chip is synchronized with the camera's image-capture system.

"Today's smart devices provide huge opportunities for the processing of image data and various cloud services based on spectral data," says Anna Rissanen, who heads the research team at VTT. "Mass-produced sensor technology will enable the introduction of hyperspectral imaging in a range of devices in which low-cost camera sensors are currently used."

VTT anticipates a number of new applications for the hyperspectral camera, including the diagnosis of skin cancer, various drone applications for precision agriculture and forest monitoring, environmental sensing based on nanosatellites and remote measurement of vessel emissions. Driverless cars could also use the technology to sense and identify environmental features based on the representation of the full optical spectrum at each point of an image, Rissanen adds."

http://insights.globalspec.com/article/3905/low-cost-spectral-imaging-on-the-horizon

I want one!

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01/02/2017 9:20 PM

Wow maybe I can become a successful gold miner with this....

What the H is peat doing in my drink?

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01/02/2017 9:57 PM

And if you have two it's a re-peat.

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01/02/2017 11:47 PM
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01/03/2017 1:17 AM

I wonder if that would also work like mine

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01/03/2017 1:15 AM

Imagine using this in a restaurant, your server bringing your meal and your device alerts you to the fact that they recently used the restroom but didn't wash their hands.

Similarly, you're at McDonald's and the kids want to play on the PlayScape - except that your device is going apeshit from all the bodily residues thereon.

Hidden security features on money? There are a lot more features than that on money. Wonderful stuff that sharpens your immune system right up and keeps it on its toes.

Mysophobics would have a field day with this thing.

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