Bringing Near-Infrared Spectroscopy into Smartphones

Trinamix, a global provider of infrared sensing technologies, and Viavi Solutions, a pioneer in light management solutions,  announced a joint development agreement to build a near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer module for integration into consumer devices.

The first future smartphone use for an NIR spectroscopy solution might be in the field of beauty / skincare. (Source: Trinamix)

The German BASF spin-off has been working on the miniaturization of near-infrared (NIR) spectrometer modules for smartphones, while Viavi is an innovator in the field of optical filters with a strong track record in the consumer electronics market. The companies will combine their expertise to lift today’s smartphone capabilities to the next level.

The collaboration follows Trinamix’s December 2020 announcement at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit, that it plans to bring NIR spectroscopy into consumer devices. As part of this new functionality, future smartphones will enable consumers to quickly and easily scan their skin on a molecular level to receive near-instantaneous suggestions on optimal skincare products for use on that day.

Dr. Wilfried Hermes, director IR sensing, Trinamix, noted: “We are very excited about Viavi joining us as a strong partner, whose state-of-the-art optical solutions have been constantly pushing the envelope on what is technically possible within mobile handsets and other consumer electronics. This is an important milestone towards creating a first-class ecosystem around an exciting technology that will enhance our smartphone experience in the near future.”

Markus Bilger, senior director product line management, Viavi, said: “Trinamix has broken new ground by introducing plans to bring spectroscopy to everyone. We are incredibly proud to be working with Trinamix on the next game-changing innovation that will redefine our understanding of a smartphone.” (Source: Trinamix)

Further reading: Mobile NIR Spectroscopy Solution First Shown at Virtual Lab ShowF. Schmidt, N. Christiansen, & R. Lovrincic: The Laboratory at Hand: Plastic Sorting Made Easy: A next‐generation mobile near‐infrared spectroscopy solution, PhotonicsViews 17(5), October/November 2020, pp 56 – 59; DOI: 10.1002/phvs.202000036

Links: trinamiX GmbH, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany • VIAVI Solutions Inc., Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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