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Adaptive scanning micro-eye

augeOver millions of years, evolution drove mammals to adapt to their natural habitat with a perfection and efficiency that is hard to beat. The human eye is one of the most accomplished examples; despite the fact that mammal eyes generally have a rather tiny pupil, the optical quality of their vision is very high. This is not simply because the brain works associatively by comparing information to recorded data. The chief factor is the variable optical adaptability of the eye as such.


We develop an adaptive scanning single facet eye, which imitates the complex functions of the human eye. This technical model will consist of microlenses with variable apertures, microprisms with variable angles of deflection, as well as variable spectral and spatial filters and micro-irises. The purely electric actuation is meant to reduce the overall size and retain the same functionality as the biological model. This is why we work on concepts and algorithms for imaging, processing and analysis of the recorded data/ objects.aufbauprinzip einzelfacettenauge


Similar to the fast eye movements, the so-called saccades, the micro-eye should optimize the image data transfer by constant scanning of a large are of vision with large data volume. Thus, large objects can be imaged in sharp detail despite the small physical opening of the optical system. At the same time, the dynamic scans deliver information on the three-dimensional structure of the objects. Because of the variable filters and irises, the imaging system can automatically adapt to changes of the surrounding light. It can thus image the entire object and segments thereof as well as different forms and structures of the objects in tiniest detail.

This variable scanning device would be suitable for the detailed scanning of 3D objects, a standard requirement of process monitoring and quality management.
 

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