Multispectral cameras with wave bands that can be tailored to the specific application introduced by JAI

Aug. 4, 2020
Users can customize the spectral locations and widths of the wave bands to their applications, rather than accepting default wave bands.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – JAI Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is introducing the Flex-Eye high-performance prism-based multispectral cameras for biometrics, electronics inspection, fluorescence-guided surgery, food inspection, intelligent farming, and agricultural analysis.

Flex-Eye enables users to specify a custom set of multispectral wave bands for their JAI Fusion series cameras, and is designed to enhance multispectral imaging by offering tailored wave bands to match requirements of specific applications.

JAI's standard Fusion series cameras are prism-based multispectral area scan cameras equipped with two or three Sony Pregius CMOS sensors offering either 1.6 megapixels or 3.2 megapixels of resolution and a set of predefined wave bands -- one that spans the entire visible spectrum of 400 to 700 nanometers, and one or two additional wave bands located in the near-infrared (NIR) region of 700 to 1,000 nanometers.

A dichroic prism divides the incoming light to the separate sensors while maintaining a common optical path. This affords simultaneous capture of all wave bands with high frame rates and pixel-to-pixel alignment enabling the cameras to handle movement and fine details that might cause problems for other types of multispectral cameras.

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With the addition of Flex-Eye, users can customize the spectral locations and widths of the individual wave bands to the needs of their applications, rather than accepting the default wave bands in the standard models.

The two or three user-specified wave bands can located within the visible spectrum or can go in several locations across the 400-to-1000-nanometer range.

400 to 1000 nanometers represents the limit of the current prisms in the Fusion series, yet plans call for possible extensions into the ultraviolet range of 200 to 400 nanometers and the shortwave infrared (SWIR) spectrum of 1000 to 1700 nanometers.

JAI has developed an online configurator to define custom configurations on PCs or mobile devices. A graphic user interface enables users to place, stretch, or shrink their wave bands on a spectral chart. The configurator supports wave bands as narrow as 25 nanometers, and built-in validation rules help to guide the user to a working configuration.

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Fusion series Flex-Eye cameras share the same high performance capabilities of the standard Fusion series models. Models equipped with three 3.2-megapixel sensors can run at up to 107 frames per second (FPS) at full resolution while cameras with two 3.2-megapixel sensors can deliver up to 123 FPS. For models with three 1.6-megapixel sensors, the maximum rate at full resolution is 213 FPS and with two 1.6-megapixel sensors it's 226 FPS.

10 Gigabit Ethernet supports the high throughput of the cameras, and the cameras can provide 10-bit and 12-bit output, with synchronous or asynchronous operating modes across the multiple sensors.

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