Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it

Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it

As excellent as the cams in our smartphones are, they’re fundamentally restricted by the physical needs of sensing units and lenses. Metalenz avoids over that part with an electronic camera made of a single “metasurface” that might conserve precious space and battery life in phones and other gadgets… … and they will deliver it. The concept is […] In the case of a cam, the main parts are of course a lens (these days it’s typically a number of stacked), which corrals the light, and an image sensor, which senses and measures that light. The problem faced by cameras now, especially in mobile phones, is that the lenses can’t be made much smaller sized without seriously impacting the clarity of the image. The thing at the bottom is the chip where the image processor and reasoning would be, but the meta-optic could also integrate with that. To be clear, Metalenz isn’t looking to replace the main video camera on your iPhone– for conventional photography functions the conventional lens and sensor are still the method to go. Image (of an extremely little test board) from a standard video camera, left, and metasurface cam….

Verkada adds ecological sensors to cloud-based structure operations toolkit

Verkada adds ecological sensors to cloud-based structure operations toolkit

As we go deeper into the pandemic, numerous buildings sit empty or have actually restricted capacity. During times like these, having visibility into the state of the structure can offer building operations assurance. Today, Verkada, a start-up that assists operations manage structures through the cloud, announced a new set of environmental sensors to provide […] During times like these, having visibility into the state of the building can offer building operations peace of mind. The sensor pack that the business is revealing today layers on a multi-function view into the state of the environment inside a building. The idea is to give building operations personnel a growing image of what’s going on inside the space. These tools, and the capability to access all the information about a structure remotely in the cloud, clearly have even more utility during the pandemic. Throughout times like these, having visibility into the state of the building can provide structure operations peace of mind….

Enhanced sensors are key to future of automatic cars

Enhanced sensors are key to future of automatic cars

The rate at which automation is hitting the automobile market is much faster than the rate at which sensing unit calibration is being improved, and this has the potential to trigger massive issues in operations, after-market, and return-to-service scenarios. Most standard understanding sensors in the market today can perform intrinsic (refers to internal parameters of one sensor) calibration autonomously. Extrinsic (refers to parameters relating multiple sensors together) calibration presents considerable issues to fleets offered the ever-increasing dependence on numerous sensing units to get rid of the shortcomings of specific sensors. Most calibration services today rely on picking functionally or financially inferior sensing unit configurations and/or just hoping that the sensing units never end up being miscalibrated from preliminary factory settings in the very first place. While this is certainly risky, there exist no typical metrics to determine what it indicates for a sensing unit to be miscalibrated and no common standards that companies can hold their sensor calibrations up versus….

VergeSense grabs $9M for its people-counting sensor tech as workplaces eye COVID changes

VergeSense grabs $9M for its people-counting sensor tech as workplaces eye COVID changes

Facilities management looks to be having a little a minute, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. VergeSense, a United States startup which sells a ‘‘ sensing unit as a system’ platform targeted at offices — — supporting features such as real-time occupant counts and foot-traffic-triggered cleansing notifications — — has closed a $9M strategic investment led by Allegion Ventures, a corporate […] — with home working a feasible job for much office work.”I believe it’s going to less general workplace area,” says VergeSense co-founder Dan Ryan, discussing how he sees the workplace being altered by COVID-19. “A lot of customers are rethinking the need to have tonnes of smaller sized, local workplaces.”Perhaps post-COVID, instead of individuals coming into the workplace 5 days a week … for people that do not necessarily require to be in the workplace to do their work everyday possibly 3 days a week or 2 days a week.”There’s a severe bear case here– that the office is going to disappear,” Ryan adds….