The new system uses Toshiba's IK-HD1 three-chip CCD high-definition camera, which has an extremely small form factor (32.6mm x 38.6mm x 41mm). ISee3D chose the camera for its small size, new single-lens technology, acquisition speed, superior contrast and resolution, and high-quality color reproduction, Tom Mitchell, ISee3D chief technical officer, said in a Toshiba press release. All those factors are critical in medical and scientific imaging, Mitchell said.
ISee3D has designed a customized interface with the IK-HD1 camera. This interface, combined with patented optical switch technology, will make much greater detail visible in images viewed at high magnifications, ISee3D said. The optical switch can be built into either a lens (for optimal performance) or an optical adaptor that fits between the lens and a standard camera.
The complete system targets microscope imaging systems used in a wide range of clinical, surgical, and industrial microscopy applications. "We are finalizing our commercial 3D microscopy system for introduction later this year," ISee3D chief executive Terry Debono said in the press release.
ISee3D has developed several prototypes and proprietary methods to improve the performance of imaging systems with its single-lens/camera 3D technology. The companys says its products maintain consistent calibration and alignment, correcting mismatched focal lengths and lens focus and other aberrations that characterize 3D imaging techniques. For example, the technology matches 3D views regardless of lens quality, lens type, the amount of image distortion, or environmental variables.