3D Micro Snapshot

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3D Micro Snapshot results

University: University of Glasgow

Sector(s): Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Creative Industries, Engineering & Manufacturing, Information & Communications Technologies

About Opportunity:

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a novel, low-cost hybrid imaging technique, 3D Micro Snapshot, which permits 3D images to be captured in a single snapshot and with extended depth-of-field (DOF).

Traditional methods to capture 3D images have proven to be elaborate, costly and exhibit long acquisition times. Currently, constant refocusing is necessary to observe a deep sample, and “focus stack” techniques, in which a large number of images are taken sequentially varying the focal point in steps, are used to reconstruct extended-range images. The major microscopy manufacturers include modules in their products to achieve this.

3D Micro Snapshot provides a simple single-snapshot solution, extending performance while maintaining image quality.

Key Benefits:

  • Provides a simple, low-cost solution
  • Depth can be measured
  • Image quality is on par with non-snapshot techniques
  • Produces extended-range images of comparable quality buy in a snapshot


  • Can be implemented as an 'add-on' modification to existing microscopes
  • Consumer photography
  • 3D imaging in computer vision and machine vision in industrial applications

IP Status:

Contact is welcomed from organisations interested in developing, licensing or exploiting this IP with a view to commercialisation.


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