With the development and proliferation of smart machines that can increasingly autonomously interact with the real work, it is important that these smart machines be increasingly able to make decisions based on real world variables. In order to make these decisions, these smart machines will need the correct amount and type of information and essentially the capabilities of these smart machines are limited by the capabilities of their sensors. In order to address this problem, MantaPoole technologies is developing a next generation imaging solution that can enable machines to see the “what” and “where” of their application in a single camera form factor. This advanced capability is enabled by the novel optical system MantaPoole Technologies is developing called Plenoptics 3.0. Plenoptics 3.0 will enable the capture of both spectral and depth information without a reduction of the image quality. This advanced imaging solution will enable smart machines to tell what an object is made of, its shape, and where it is.
In order for smart and autonomous machines to become commonplace in the world, they will need an affordable sensor solution that can give the correct amount and type of information to allow these machines to interact with the real world. Current commonly used approaches use standard 2D imaging sensors or expensive groups of sensors like lidar along with machine vision to interact with the real world. The problem with the current approaches is that they are either unaffordable to the average person or do not provide the correct amount and type of information for a smart machine to flexibly interact with the real world. MantaPoole Technologies is addressing this problem by developing a new kind of imaging sensor that can capture multispectral and depth information in an affordable compact single camera form factor. This capability will allow smart machines to see the “what” and the “where” in their application and better make the correct decisions based on real world variables.
Our innovation is a novel optical system that allows for the capture of spectral and depth information from a single camera without reducing the image quality.
Mantapoole Technologies is still in the R&D stage, currently building a proof-of-concept of its novel plenopics 3.0 camera technology which can capture multispectral and depth information without reducing the image quality.
Jesse Claypoole, PhD – Founder and Chief Executive Officer