The Imaging Science Club at RIT hosted guest speakers from Circle Optics, including the Chief Technology Officer, Allen Krisiloff, and the Director of Imaging Science and Software Engineering, Peter Stubler. The event, part of the club's efforts to link students with the optics industry, saw a good turnout with 29 attendees.
Our Chief Technology Officer Allen Krisiloff and Director of Imaging Science and Software Engineering Peter Stubler recently gave a talk at the RIT Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science hosted by the Imaging Science Club. The Imaging Science Club is a student organization that has been active since the early 2000s with the aim to connect students with the broader optics industry by inviting businesses, alumni, and faculty to share their insights. This initiative has helped students gain both internships and full-time positions. Imaging Science Club President Mason Wahlers said, “We are thrilled to have Circle Optics among our guests. With a turnout of 29 students, the event was well-received. I enjoyed learning how the parallax issue got resolved and am inspired by the potential of virtual tours and the other applications of the technology.”
We love telling the Circle Optics genesis story as it began with our Founder and CEO Zak Niazi challenged the parallax problem while he was student at University of Rochester. His curiosity and persistence resulted in our revolutionary approach, culminating in the invention of an innovative optical system capable of seamlessly integrating images from multiple cameras in real time, an achievement previously deemed impossible.
The core of Circle Optics innovation lies in its unique approach to solving the parallax problem, not through computational means, but rather through the principles of optical physics. This pivot towards a physics-based solution opens up new horizons, allowing for real-time video capture at high frame rates, a feat that holds immense potential in various applications.
Here are some key takeaways of Krisiloff and Stubler’s presentation:
Explanation of the Parallax Problem: They explained the concept of parallax, a common issue in multi-camera systems leading to image inconsistencies, and how it poses significant challenges in creating a coherent visual representation of an environment. They shared concepts including geometry of the camera system, the optical design, and the intricacies of aligning multiple lenses.
Introduction to Hydra: The class was introduced to our first prototype, Hydra Alpha. students got to experience the optical solution to the parallax problem, showcasing the potential of the technology and serving as a proof of concept.
Technical Challenges and Real-world Applications: They discussed the practical challenges faced during the development, such as thermal properties of materials and mechanical robustness. They also explored the wide range of potential applications for the technology, from virtual tours in real estate to immersive surveillance systems.
Journey of Innovation and Persistence: They highlighted the persistence and innovative thinking needed to overcome the perceived limitations in existing technology and the need for a technical team with diverse backgrounds to solve complex problems.
Vision for the Future and Call to Action: Finally, Krisiloff and Stuble shared the broader vision for the technology, highlighting its potential to transform visual perception and interaction with our environment. They invited the Imaging Science Club participants to remain engaged with our company’s progress and to explore the possibilities that such innovative technologies present.
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We appreciate being located in Greater Rochester the optics epicenter of the world and having a great relationship with the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. We hope you will listen to our podcast with Gerald W. Harris Endowed Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology Emmett Ientilucci, PhD.