On February 24, Rambus will participate in the 4YFN Innovators Breakfast with IXDS and Bosch at the MWC MLove Lounge (Fira Montjuic, Hall 8) from 11AM to 12PM.
During the event, Rambus CMO Jerome Nadel is slated to discuss design thinking, with a focus on lensless smart sensors (LSS) and related partners-in-open-development (POD) initiatives.
LSS – which was recently featured by Dave Gershgorn of the New York Times – offers a new approach to optical sensing that delivers on package, power and price by replacing traditional lenses with tiny diffractive optics.
“Instead of the traditional glass, a microscopic grating is placed over the sensor. Light spreads out as it passes through the grating, creating complex patterns on the sensor,” Gershgorn explained. “The patterns are deliberately cast by the grating, so that the image can be instantly reconstructed by software. Why all the hassle? It’s for an entire camera that’s less than a millimeter thick.”
Indeed, LSS optics are approximately the size of a human hair, with a power envelope so low that certain applications could ultimately run on energy harvested from their environment. As such, LSS technology offers the potential to positively disrupt the future of smart homes and cities, transportation and eye tracking for digital eyewear and VR/AR devices.