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Unispectral Debuts Industry’s First Mass Market ColorIR™ Tunable NIR Filter and Spectral IR Camera

Unispectral’s miniature tunable filter turns low cost IR cameras into 700-950nm spectral cameras. It is best suited for facial recognition, consumer portable devices, IOT, robotics and mass market cameras. ColorIR products enable advanced machine vision, material sensing and computational photography.

Tel Aviv, Israel. – 12 July, 2020 – Unispectral, developer of the ColorIR™ filter, today announced the availability of a new Evaluation Kit for its tunable NIR filter and camera.

The core product consists of a tunable MEMS filter assembled on a camera module and a controller board. RaspberryPi is used to capture parameters and interface by USB and/or WiFi to a Monitor, PC or Mobile device. SDK is included to simplify usage and development of additional applications.

“Our excellent team is proud to roll out this tunable filter which connects seeing with sensing. It makes spectral cameras accessible for mass-market platforms, generating actionable information for AI engines. The market strives to find an effective solution for adding spectral information to cameras and we believe our technology offers the best blend of performance, flexibility and cost,” said Ariel Raz, CEO of Unispectral.

The ColorIR camera captures multiple frames in different NIR wavelengths, filtered by a miniature Fabry–Pérot optical cavity MEMS element. This unique solution breaks the price and complexity barrier for legacy spectral cameras, thereby enabling new markets and use cases.

Different Use Cases of ColorIRTM

Security Market: Facial Authentication, Access Control, Payment Terminals, Fake
Bills detection, Object Detection

Smartphone Camera: Improving facial picture, “soft picture” for Instagram,
Improving AWB, low light and shadow picture corrections, Color interpolation

Medical Market: Oxygen level in blood, Heart pulse, Vein Detection
Agriculture: Fruit inspection, Pesticide detection

Industrial: PCB Inspection, In-line QC

Vehicle: DMS

Unispectral ColorIR EVK

ColorIR EVK is offered to customers for both performance evaluation and application development. It captures the filtered images while processing is done locally on the RaspberryPi, or exported to a PC/dedicated HW accelerator via USB/WiFi. It includes a 4.3” screen for viewing captured images and easy operation.


The ColorIR™ tunable Mems EVK is available for pre-order. Shipping is planned for end of July.

About Unispectral

Founded in 2016, Unispectral is a pioneer in spectral imaging. The company was established in the labs of Tel Aviv University with the mission of bringing the power of spectral imaging to consumer and IOT devices. Unispectral HQ is in Tel Aviv, Israel, with representatives in Hong Kong, China, and Seoul, South Korea.