Radiance Technology is an Australian startup, founded in 2013 by a former CTO, that uses advanced photonics to transform light into high-quality images.
It’s currently working on an affordable high-resolution imaging device that would make its way into consumer cameras.
We talked to Radiance CEO Chris Burt about the company’s recent announcement of a new product, the Radiance Photovoltaic Camera.
Burt says that the company is looking for “new and innovative ways to transform sunlight into a new type of imaging sensor”.
He says the camera has a “high resolution, low cost, and fast, ultra-compact and light-sensitive design” which he believes will “revolutionise the world of photography”.
We also asked about how Radiance plans to expand its product portfolio, to include a range of new devices.
Burt told us that the team is “very focused” on the future of camera technology, and he expects to bring a range “to consumers at some point in the future”.
The company is currently working with several Australian universities and institutions, including the University of Technology Sydney, the University the Gold Coast and the University at Wollongong, and is aiming to have a product ready for launch within the next two years.
What is the Radiant Photovirtic Camera?
The Radiance photovoltaics camera, as it’s called, is a tiny solar cell that, like the rest of the product, uses the same “optical” technology that Radiance has been developing for years.
The camera is designed to work with an existing smartphone or tablet, which converts light into a high-definition image, then the light is transferred to a large sensor that can capture images in either 3D or 2D space.
Radiance claims that the device can capture up to 4.5 billion images per second.
The company says it is also developing a “new form of wireless imaging” which is meant to be used to take stills, videos and other images that are not possible with current devices.
We asked if the Radiants latest camera is just a prototype, or if the company intends to launch its own product at some stage in the near future.
Bunt told us the camera is in early testing, and it will be ready for commercial availability in the next few years.
Radiance Photivoltaic Cameras competitors in Australia: Radiance is currently developing a range that is “the most powerful and versatile” camera available in Australia, Burt says.
It uses a combination of a low-cost photovoleum chip and a photonic lens.
The chips are made in the US and China, respectively, and the company says that “every detail” in the device is “designed to last for decades”.
The company is aiming for a range to compete with the likes of the Sony Xperia Z, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Huawei P9, but it’s currently targeting a price point of under $100.
The product is available to buy from Radiance’s website, and in its latest patent application, the company has identified a number of “next-generation” features.
One of those is “super-thin” lenses, which are “designed and manufactured in Australia”.
Burt said that they are “extremely thin, ultra thin, and super fast” and are also “super easy to use”.
In an interview with TechRadar, Birt explained the process of creating the new lenses, and how the company plans to “enable our partners to use them to create a new class of imaging technology”.
Birt also pointed out that “the design of the lens is really critical to the quality of the image capture” and said that the lenses are “all one piece”, which “makes them very easy to manufacture”.
Radiance claims its camera can produce “a wide range of images”.
We asked if Radiance intends to go the “next step” and develop a “camera with a high quality” lens.
Birt said that “there is a lot of potential for this technology to deliver a camera that is very good at capturing a wide range in a high resolution, high resolution.”
He also pointed to “the fact that it’s so thin” that it can be “mounted anywhere, and mounted in a very simple way”.
Birt also said that Radiances new lens technology could be used in consumer products “within a year or two”.
We will have more to say about Radiance products in the coming weeks, but we’ll start with a quick rundown of the new Radiance cameras that we spotted on our travels over the past year.