The aim of the project is to develop smart cameras with installation lengths of less than 3 mm and near-pixel-level signal processing in order to achieve a self-adapting, highly linear image dynamic. The cameras are based on a micro-optical and optoelectric system – produced on the wafer scale using micro- and nanostructuring technologies – which is built by analogy with natural compound eyes. The smart cameras being developed stand out for their compact and cost-efficient assembly as well as their increased flexibility, which open up new applications in the fields of industrial image processing, security technology and automotive vision. Examples of this are the automotive camera (Daimler AG), the public transport video camera (DResearch GmbH) and the high dynamic range (HDR) camera (Sick AG). The industry partners participating in the project represent potential suppliers (technology partners) and system providers (integrators, users) further down the line.

Funding provided by: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – A project from the “Integrated Microphotonics” funding initiative