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Sharp develops night-vision camera that captures color video in total darkness


Sharp Corp says it has developed the industry's first infrared color night-vision camera capable of capturing color video in pitch-dark (zero lux) environments. The new infrared color night-vision camera will be marketed to corporate customers such as security camerasystem manufacturers.

This new camera is equipped with an infrared color night-vision CCD developed jointly by Sharp and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). It uses near-infrared light for illumination to enable color images to be captured in total darkness (zero lux) — a first for the industry.

In addition, this infrared color night-vision camera takes high-definition images (at 1280 × 720-pixel resolution) with smooth video capture at 30 frames per second. Its single-sensor system uses a single CCD chip, enabling a more compact camera size. Further, this camera is also compatible with standard HD-SDI output, making it an easy replacement for existing camera systems.

The infrared color night-vision camera allows users to capture video with a high level of visual recognition at any hour of the day or night. Beyond deployment in conventional anti-theft cameras, it will find use in a broad range of applications, for example, in monitoring patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

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Wow!!!! This is actually quite exciting and I can't wait for all the criminals were caught red-handed and in living color!!! I just hope they don't start putting these in the Japanese LOVE hotels!! It would not be funny to end up on some crazy homepage or on some crazy porn videos without knowing anything!!! And NO ¥¥¥¥??

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Fabulous piece of hi-tech !

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I think darkness is ever a kinda small privacy but not any more in the future. What the hell!

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Great tech considering that the human eye can barely see color in the dark

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the advantage of this is with color 0lux cams, it will be easier to trace suspects by determining skin, clothes and hair color.

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