Metalenz has raised $10 million to create 3D sensors on a chip with structures that are 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.
The new investment allows Metalenz to scale production and accelerate the development of miniature optics on a chip technology and its new lens that will power the next generation of sensors for use in smartphones and other consumer, health care, and automotive applications. Among the possible fruits of this tech: lenses that enable brighter, higher-quality infrared pictures than conventional lenses.
For consumers, the higher-quality lenses mean more powerful phone capabilities that can help them snap more professional-looking pictures — even in the most challenging environments — while promoting longer battery life. Right now, smartphone makers such as Apple are including multiple cameras in smartphones to render 3D imagery.