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CEA-Leti has unveiled an autonomous imager technology that is able to activate smartphones and small appliances through facial recognition or other specific patterns, using 10,000× less power than similar technologies.
“The novel feature of the device is to allow a fully autonomous functioning of the image sensor, when in its surveillance mode,” CEA-Leti research director Antoine Dupret told Photonics Media. “Indeed, both the acquisition and the analysis of the scene are managed within the imager.”
The device is called μWAI (micro-WAY), and it’s about the size of a €1 coin, or a U.S. silver dollar. Its readout and processing architecture are co-designed with an algorithmic pipeline,…READ MORE