Apple acquires image sensing startup InVisage Technologies

By : |November 10, 2017 0

Apple has acquired an image sensing startup called InVisage Technologies that develops solutions to improve imaging capabilities on space-constrained devices, like smartphones, TechCrunch reports.

InVisage’s key product is called QuantumFilm, which combines software technology and material science to create smaller imaging technology that is better at taking high quality pictures in a variety of non-optimal lighting conditions.

“Traditional image sensors — particularly those used in today’s smartphones — struggle to produce good images in low light and are sensitive to a relatively limited range of wavelengths,” the company says on its website. “InVisage’s QuantumFilm captures experiences with unprecedented accuracy, and in a fundamentally new way.”

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Apple confirmed the acquisition to TechCrunch with its signature statement about its purchases: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Apple currently relies on suppliers for its cameras but uses its in-house image signal processor to drive the sensors. Based on InVisage’s description of its technology, Apple will soon be developing its own camera modules that excel at capturing light in thinner cases.

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