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Customizable Field of View

 

Rotationally asymmetric lenses allow imaging degrees of freedom not possible with traditional lenses

FreeForm Optics Allow Customized Areas of High Resolution, Focus, and Magnifications

FreeForm Optics with Segmented Field-of-View allows the lens optics to preferentially magnify any section in the camera's view

 

In this example, the center of the lens field has optimized resolution.  But the field can be optimized for any place in view

Segmented Field-of-View can be intuitively understood from a dual-focus magnifying glass

The tear-drop 2x magnifying section is just like a FreeForm Segmented Field-of-View lens

 

This is not possible with Classical optics because they are limited by their rotationally symmetric lenses

FreeForm Optics Allow Customized Low Light Performance

Classical Optics is limited in balancing high resolution, depth of field, and low-light performance (f-number: 24)

FreeForm Optics has more degrees of freedom to balance focal length, F-number, aperture, and field-of-view to allow - in this case - equivalent resolution but with superior low light performance (f-number: 2)

FreeForm Optics Enables Targeted Field-of-View

With our self-driving automotive solutions, some areas of the car's camera view are more important vs. other areas

Some self-driving algorithm sub-routines may de-weight the view of the hood of the car, and want to see very far away and high up in the field of view, for traffic signals

With FreeForm Optics, the lens assembly can give the camera optics a Targeted Field-of-View 

In this example above, the stoplight of interest is center-top of the field in the far distance

Classical Optics field of view is uniform in resolution and focus, generally falling off radially from the center of the rotationally symmetric lens

FreeForm Optics has no symmetry to mandate how an image is focused

Therefore, the highest resolution area in the field of view need not be in the center - as with a rotationally symmetric lens - but can be migrated to the area of interest, in this case, where stoplights first appear in view