Mina-News #20 - May 2012
Wavelens cuts the cost of smartphone autofocus
The tiny motors that power the autofocus on smartphone cameras could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to technology from Wavelens, a start-up scheduled to be launched by the end of this year. The three Leti engineers behind the budding company have developed adjustable-focus lenses integrated on silicon that should be ready for the market within three years.
The new lenses take up half as much space, use 25 times less power, are easier to build into smartphone cameras—and are significantly cheaper. The technology is protected by eight patents filed by Leti, and could eventually be used for other features like zoom and image stabilization.
In addition to the mobile phone market, Wavelens is also targeting higher-added-value applications like IR imaging, endoscopy, and 2D barcode scanners.