Nanotechnology at CES nanoLambda spectrumsensor inspired by mantis shrimp

(January 6, 2011) — nanoLambda Inc., an advanced nano sensor startup, announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas that its spectrumsensor sample is now available to potential customers and development partners for alpha test, with more broad availability expected in H2 2011.

The spectrumsensor, the world’s smallest spectrometer-on-a-chip, can be used for bio-chemical detection and wearable health monitoring, as well as accurate color and light measurement of consumer electronics devices. Examples include, but are not limited to, camera, TV or LED lightings to enable accurate and consistent colors across devices and applications.

"As a very powerful non-invasive material analysis tool, the optical spectroscopy technology has been widely used in a variety of scientific or industrial applications. But the bulky size and expensive cost of the equipment, spectrometer, have prohibited its use in consumer applications," said Bill Choi, CEO of the company. "Now, nanoLambda’s mantis-i nanotechnology allows the spectrometer to become an embedded component, in an ultra-compact configuration (smaller than 5 x 5 x 2mm) at a very low cost, affordable for personal everyday applications."

Choi added, "We learned from the mantis shrimp, which has arguably the most complicated visual system of any animal on Earth. This little guy has 12 color channels ranging from ultra-violet to infra-red, and can even see both linear and circular polarized light, which is remarkable. Humans only have 3 color channels. Using nanotechnology and the brain power of intelligent software, we are trying to catch up with this little guy’s vision capabilities."

The monolithically integrated spectrumsensor chip is exhibited at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas with demonstrations of accurate color measurement during the show as its first target application (Booth #35440).

nanoLambda Inc. develops intelligent, nano-optic devices, using the fundamental plasmonic properties of nanostructured materials into application-ready systems to create disruptive consumer electronics products and applications in sensing, lighting, and displays.

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