Apple has completed its acquisition of InVisage Technologies, a startup firm that specializes in developing image capture sensor tech, especially in small gadgets such as smartphone devices. One of the solutions that InVisage has created is QuantumFilm, which could help the iPhone maker continue to push the envelope in terms of photography via mobile devices, and perhaps distance itself from its competitors (considering rivals like Samsung and Google have narrowed the gap in recent years).
InVisage Technologies’ QuantumFilm technology works because it takes full advantage of quantum dots that allow for a more efficient capturing of a better range of bright and dark elements. On top of that, quantum dots are not that prone to the Jello wobble effect that sort of makes shooting moving subjects a bit tricky (same when the photographer is moving while taking a picture of a still subject). Lastly, size is not a problem for quantum dots -- they can be made smaller without losing their effectiveness, allowing Apple to build a camera module that does not protrude from the flat rear side of its iPhone.
Of course, actually putting the QuantumFilm tech into action will prove easier said than done. But Apple has always had a good track record when it comes to exploring new technology -- about eight years ago, the company acquired PA Semi’s processor design team, and that move has since resulted to almost a decade of smartphones with high performing chip sets.
There is another area in which InVisage’s QuantumFilm can work wonders for Apple -- Face ID, specifically the sensor packages that are being used on the front side of the iPhone X, and presumably in future iPhone models. Face ID’s sensors work by basically bombarding human faces with infrared light in order to render a unique face structure signature. The folks at InVisage believe though that those front facing infrared sensors can be made smaller and significantly more sensitive.
In this day and age, image sensors are no longer being used for taking pictures. Apple’s Face ID is proof that innovative image capturing technology can be put to good use in identity verification, as well as in other aspects such as virtual or augmented reality or even mapping. With the advent of the 5G era and the growing appreciation for the concept of the Internet of Things, there is no telling what other purposes QuantumFilm and InVisage’s tech will serve a few years from now.
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