“What about an image sensor that performs like the human eye, adapting itself to the light condition and keeping its attention to the relevant details? Making machines capable of seeing like humans, that’s what is inspiring my continuous research.”
EYE-TECH Founder & CEO
Silicon-based solutions for digital imaging inspired by the human eye.
EYE-TECH offers unique solutions for digital imaging to its customers, designing custom image sensors tailored for specific applications and taking advantage of its proprietary technology.
pushing the limits of new generation sensors, keeping the customer’s vision as our goal.
EYE-TECH provides a complete service for the design and production of custom image sensors.
Several applications have specific requirements not fulfilled by commercially available sensors.
Even more, to survive in the market jungle it is fundamental to differentiate from the competition.
To address these needs, EYE-TECH offers its expertise in CMOS image sensor development to provide Customers with the design and production of image sensors beyond the state of the art, by integrating its own technology for adaptive HDR (High Dynamic Range) inspired by the human eye.
The experience gathered on the field has made evident that the tunability feature of EYE-TECH technology is very important in many application domains recently approached with Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning and where the environmental conditions cannot be kept under control.
This is true even in controlled light environment applications such as endoscopy, where the morphology of the environment, the very reflecting mucosa and physiological fluids and the limited light power can jeopardize the detection capability and/or significantly increase the time of the endoscopic procedures.
EYE-TECH technology has been primarily conceived for biomedical-endoscopy.
New, minimally invasive surgical techniques (i.e. robotic surgery) and new diagnostic techniques (i.e. capsule endoscopy) require more and more miniaturized instrumentation, simple to control and with low power consumption, but continuing to guarantee high image quality.
The market proposition for sensors with these characteristics is very poor and the need for custom designs is becoming mandatory.
EYE-TECH can make the difference in this field, when compared to competitive solutions, because of the strong experience in CMOS image sensor design in combination with a deep knowledge of the market requirements.
The uniqueness of EYE-TECH technology in this field can be translated in the reduction of the time needed for an endoscopic procedure and the increase in diagnostic capability. Indeed, the peculiarity of the sensor to adapt its response to the light conditions avoids in many cases the repositioning of the instrument by the medical doctor, saving time. Additionally, AI algorithms can help the diagnosis by setting the sensor to highlight relevant details.
Today imaging technology can achieve great performance, collecting images at any speed, with brilliant colours, hyper resolution and even huge contrast (high dynamic range – HDR), but never achieving the optimal response in any light condition, as the biological eyes do. This is limiting the use of image sensors in many contexts and makes the current image sensors unsuitable for use in many viewing but even more in many AI-driven applications where the information content of a scene is more important than the scene itself.
In automotive, intelligent driving systems that make use of video feeds and other sensors modalities are not allowed to fail. What might lead to merely acceptable image quality degradation for humans consumption may lead to sudden unacceptable failures for a computer vision system It is vital to provide these systems with all the necessary information from the environment in order to make proper decisions.
Today the problem is resolved by redundancy in camera systems, integrating LIDAR, plus RADAR, plus night vision cameras, plus HDR image sensors. The result is a surely safe system but very complex and with huge costs.
At EYE-TECH we are utterly convinced that to overcome such limitations, it is necessary to better mimic the behaviour of the biological eyes.
EYE-TECH is addressing the new market needs by the proposal of an innovative approach to artificial vision, based on the company intellectual property, with the goal of dynamically tuning the response of the sensor to the real scene condition, always obtaining meaningful information, as the biological eyes do.
With 20 years of experience in CMOS image sensor design and camera integration we can manage the design of an image sensor from specification to camera integration, taking advantage of our valuable supply chain and partnerships
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