Rambus scientists have debuted thermal-enabled lensless smart sensor (LSS) technology at MWC 2016 in Barcelona. As Rambus Labs VP Gary Bronner notes, LSS now supports thermal capabilities alongside the visible spectrum.
“LSS can enable a future where IoT technology is infused in every aspect of modern life, from smart cities and transportation to medical equipment and manufacturing,” said Bronner.
“With the addition of these new capabilities, LSS can replace traditional thermal lenses with an optical grating that is significantly less expensive, making LSS ideal for cost-sensitive IoT applications.”
First unveiled in 2014, Rambus LSS technology offers a fundamentally new approach to imaging that shifts the function of traditional optics to computation and eliminates the need for expensive lenses by replacing them with tiny inexpensive diffractive gratings.
The gratings, combined with optimized algorithms and off-the-shelf thermal or visible sensors, perform a wide range of functions, such as gesture recognition, eye tracking, object identification and depth sensing. Over the past year, Rambus’ Partners-in-Open-Development (POD) program has enabled a number of design and technology companies to implement and accelerate the development of LSS for new use cases.