Everyday, exposure to many chemicals take place undetected. For example, chemical leaks in homes, industry, and transportation such as pipelines, escalate to the point of irreversible damage before detected. Imagine a world where a tiny sensor can see in more than just color, namely, readily identifying material compositions and chemicals of what it sees.
You can think of our technology as a “super digital camera.” Conventional digital cameras are sensitive to only three spectral bands of red, green, and blue (RGB). However, hyperspectral imaging systems, such as ours, is essentially a digital camera that can see hundreds of bands. This spectral hypervision allows us to detect the amount of energy present in each spectral band, and thus, determine what materials are present in the field of view. This makes chemical sensing as easy as taking a picture.