A team of researchers at the Chair of Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has developed an intelligent camera that achieves not only high spatial and temporal but also spectral resolution. The camera has a wide range of applications that can improve environmental protection and resource conservation measures as well as autonomous driving or modern agriculture. The findings of the research have been publishedas an open access publication.

"Research up to now has mainly focused on increasing spatial and , which means the number of megapixels or images per second," explains lecturer Dr. Jürgen Seiler. "Spectral resolution—the wavelength and thus the perception of colors—has largely been adjusted to match human sight during the development of cameras, which merely corresponds to measuring the colors red, green and blue. However, much more information is hidden in the light spectrum that can be used for a wide range of tasks. For example, we know that some animals use additional light spectra for hunting and searching for food."

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