LensVector debuts autofocus camera

LensVector said that its autofocus camera has made its retail debut through a partnership with Sunny Opotech and Vital Mobile.

Unlike other cellphone cameras, LensVector´s patented solid-state autofocus device, LV4522, does not use any moving parts or make audible noise.

LV4522 uses proprietary technology to transform a liquid crystal cell into a variable focus lens, which consumes about 80 percent less power than the traditional mechanical lens currently used in mobile devices.

“Five years ago, having one camera on your smartphone was a big deal. Even modestly priced cellphones now have two cameras, and we expect the numbers to increase as devices offer enhanced functionality,” said LensVector CEO Howard Earhart. “As this trend blossoms, power-consumption issues will become even more critical, and our product is perfectly positioned to solve this emerging issue.”

Since the device does not use any moving parts, manufacturing LV4522 costs about half as much as it does to manufacture complex voice-coil motors and is inherently more reliable. Additionally, each module is seamlessly integrated into each smartphone, not requiring individual adjustment or tuning by the handset manufacturer.

As LV4522 ships, LensVector is preparing to ship its next-generation lens by year´s end, which provides dramatically higher image resolution, twice the focusing speed of most mechanical lenses, and a minimum focus distance of just five centimeters, half the distance of most existing lenses used in mobile devices.

LensVector is a privately held company based in Sunnyvale, California that develops proprietary solid-state optics products that focus, steer and shape light with no moving parts.