SAN JOSE -- In what could have a major impact in a number of markets, startup Canesta Inc. here introduced the world's first "electronic perception" chip and software technology.
Electronic perception technology is a real-time imaging capability that will enable machines and electronic devices to perceive nearby objects and their movements in three dimensions.
Canesta's technology will enable a wide range of products--such as cell phones, PDAs, video games, automobiles, security systems, and medical instrumentation--to react to and interact with individuals and the environment in real time via sight.
Canesta is not rolling out its product line--yet. Instead, the company announced one of its first U.S. patents, which involves sensor and software technology that "sees" the environment in three-dimensional contours, rather than two-dimensional images.
Canesta's 3-D sensors can be used to "sight-enable" consumer or industrial devices. Additionally, because the sensors provide well over fifty 3-D "frames" per second, applications can track even subtle movements and positions of nearby objects in real time, said Nazim Kareemi, Canesta's president and CEO. Applications for the technology include building and airport security, law enforcement, or medical diagnosis, Kareemi said.
Electronic perception technology has two principal components-- 3-D electronic perception sensor chips and image processing software embedded in such chips.
In a manner similar to rader, Canesta's technology makes use of sub-visual light reflecting off of each feature in the image. The image and distance information is then handed off to an on-chip processor running Canesta's proprietary imaging software.
Canesta is readying subsets of its technology for incorporation this year by system houses in the form of application-specific sensor chips, interface software and support services. More detailed information will be made available later in the year.