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Video taken by the newly-developed camera (left)
Video taken by the newly-developed camera (left)
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Sharp Corp developed a camera that colorizes obscure nighttime video and exhibited it at Ceatec Japan 2014, which runs from Oct 7 to 11, 2014, in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The company will commercialize it as a monitoring camera in November 2014, planning to apply it to automobiles in the future.

This time, Sharp newly developed a color filter that separates near-infrared light into red, green and blue lights. The filter is not made of an organic material but an inorganic material.

Around the lens of the exhibited camera, there were 39 LED lamps. And near-infrared light was emitted to a distance of 5 to 10m. Reflected light that has passed through the lens and the newly-developed filter is received by a CCD device manufactured by Sharp. The horizontal angle of view is about 70°.