Cheap Lidar For All? Startup Prints 10,000 Lenses At A Time On Silicon Wafers


A new startup out of Harvard Labs has invented a way to print camera lenses 10,000 at a time just like computer chips in the same semiconductor foundries that make chips for computers and phones. They’re 100X thinner than standard smartphone camera lenses and simpler and cheaper to make. Plus, they capture the full electromagnetic spectrum — not just visible light — and have excellent 3D-sensing capabilities that could bring Lidar-based dimensional sensing functionality to all phones. Currently, that’s only available on high-end phones like Apple’s iPhone 12.

Essentially, this is taking camera lens production out of the Stone Age.

And making it up to 50% less expensive.

The company is Metalenz, the potential of its technology is a major game changer in multiple industries, not just smartphones, and the Harvard Labs startup has just raised $10 million from Intel, 3M, and venture capital firms.

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