Apple likes to acquire new development technologies, and this time their focus is on making their cameras even better. Rumors have already circled in October about Apple’s purchase of technology startup, and now it is revealed that InVisage legal firm is now the in-house agency Apple uses for all its patent work.
Here is an outline of technology made by InVisage, which Apple now owns:
QuantumFilm is a photosensitive layer that relies on an InVisage-invented class of materials to absorb light. Specifically, the new material is made of quantum dots, nanoparticles that can be dispersed to form a grid once they are synthesized. Like paint, a dispersal of the solid material can be coated onto a substrate and allowed to dry.
InVisage explains that its technology can absorb the same amount of light as a conventional sensor, but on a layer one-tenth the thickness, which makes it perform better in low-light situations.
InVisage asserted that it can also be used in IoT applications, and help with authentication, autonomy, and virtual reality.
The company ended all social media activities and blogging about their product in November 2016. Though it was skeptical about the acquisition because Apple had yet to announce it publicly.
InVisage Technologies was opened in 2006, with a base in Menlo Park, California that would eventually lead to international offices. The man behind it is Chief Technology Officer Ted Sargent. InVisage secured $98 million in 2013 from venture capital groups, including Nokia’s investment arm and Intel Capital.
Most are waiting to see that how Apple will integrate this technology into their hardware. Apple depends on its providers for its cameras, but they use an in-house image signal processor to drive the camera’s sensors. With InVisage’s technology, we can expect Apple to make its camera components better at capturing light in thinner cases.