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Hexagonal Efficient Coordinated System (HECS) Innovation Challenge

06/15/2023 at 11:59 AM EST

Innovation Ecosystem, DI needs your expertise to brainstorm groundbreaking, novel use case scenarios for the Hexagonal Efficient Coordinate System (HECS) technology! HECS is a coordinate system that allows processing of digital images in a manner that provides greater resolution while maintaining file size of the image, thus saving storage space and conserving bandwidth. We have identified AR/VR, medical imaging and space imaging as three potential use cases, but, we KNOW there are more! HECS can also be applied to other applications beyond imaging. This technology is available for licensing so if you are interested in pursuing your use cases scenario, or accessing the technology for further R&D, you can do so.


The Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW) has developed a coordinate system which allows data obtained from hexagonally arranged image sensors to be processed in an efficient and effective manner. Modern image sensors typically use arrays of rectangular pixels even though it has been known since the 1960s that rectangular sampling produces less-than-optimal image data. The current invention utilizes a hexagonal array to improve image quality by up to 13% while maintaining or reducing the computational power needed to process and store the image in digital format. The coordinate system can be utilized in commercial off-the-shelf devices such as cameras or phones, however, it will require the physical sensor arrays to be reconstructed in a hexagonal format.


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