Ultra miniaturized technology
Digital optical holography

 We develop 
 innovative technology 

with the aim of miniaturizing a complete 3D color camera module to the fraction of a fingernail in order to support various markets (with a focus on medical technology). The hardware is reduced to the physical limit by using the most advanced opto-electronic elements, while at the same time the data algorithms use increasingly powerful processors and ASICS. Ultra miniaturization, very good performance data and cost-effective production are then no longer mutual exclusion criteria.

Above all, our vision is to open a new technological door, according to the motto:
"Jump and grow your wings" (Ray Bradbury).

Dr. Alexander Knüttel

Our technology

Optical interference methods

AKmira optronics develops miniaturized 3D color camera modules which, together with rod optics, form rigid 3D endoscopes. The primary area of application will initially be medical technology. The integration of the ultra-miniaturized 3D camera modules in flexible endoscopes is planned as an extension. The possibility of integrating this technology into very small units such as mobile phones and 3D data glasses in the future will open up further markets for security technology and augmented reality. The underlying - in the non-academic environment - new technology is based on digital, optical holography and this is an extension of the well-known interference methods such as OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) or interference microscopy. AKmira has its own innovative approaches that fully utilize the potential of digital, optical holography. This technology is protected by 4 AKmira registered patents.

 Advantages of digital 
 optical holography 

Extreme miniaturization potential

The minimization of hardware and the use of the most modern opto-electronic components combined with more efficient computing power enable performance features that reach physical limits

Extreme miniaturization potential

No mechanical refocusing

No mechanical refocusing

The technology makes mechanically moving parts superfluous by mathematical refocussing onto various z-distances in order to determine a sharp 3D color image

Precise optical stitching

Precise optical stitching

The ability to recognize 3D features in individual images with µm accuracy permits for large 3D scenes seamlessly stitched from individual images

Distance-independent precise z-determination

In contrast to 3D stereo vision, the z-determination is independent of the distance, since the temporal behavior of the light rays is used. This ensures µm accuracy which is not possible by angular disparity

Distance-independent precise z-determination

Optional: Sub-surface measurements up to 3 mm

By using multiple laser wavelengths in the near infrared, precise distance measurements on e.g. a bone or tooth surface are possible up to about 3 mm below the tissue surface

Optional: Sub-surface measurements up to 3 mm

Analogon to a local 3D surgical microscope

Analogon to a local 3D surgical microscope

The very high lateral resolution in the individual images from the very compact and flexible 3D camera turns it into a local 3D surgical microscope

We are looking for strong business partnerships in strategic development and global sales.

Future areas of application

The image shows a futuristic representation of a brain operation with 2 doctors and is intended to show the area of ​​application in medical technology for the ultra-miniaturized 3D endoscopy camera technology from AKmira Optronics.

Medical technology

The initially targeted area of application will be rigid endoscopy for 3D applications. With further miniaturization, integration into the tip of a flexible endoscope will be possible. In addition AI-driven applications for "robot-assisted surgery" with mini endoscopes will be considered.

The image shows a futuristic fingerprint and is intended to show the area of ​​application in security technology for the ultra-miniaturized 3D endoscopy camera technology from AKmira Optronics.

Safety technology

As miniaturization progresses, integration into a mobile phone, for example, is possible. This means, that a 3D fingerprint can be recognized without contact and with protection against forgery, since the 3D micro-movement (“trembling”) can be evaluated simultaneously.

The image shows a medical employee wearing transparent augmented reality glasses and is intended to show the area of ​​application in augmented reality of the ultra miniaturized 3D endoscopy camera technology from AKmira Optronics.

Augmented reality

Integration into “Augmented Reality” glasses is also possible as miniaturization progresses. This allows certain things to be optically captured very sharply in 3D, indipendent of z-distance, and then presented to the viewer via corresponding glasses for 3D "overlay" visualization.

Golden Eye

The heart of 3D camera technology

Currently exists a 3D endoscope with a rigid endoscope tip diameter of 7 mm. The prototype of generation 1 (Gen. 1) 3D camera technology is integrated in the housing. Another generation (Gen. 2) will already be significantly more compact and the 3D camera technology will fit the size of a 1 cent coin.
From this generation on, the sub-surface option can be permanently integrated. In the ultimate expansion stage (Gen. 3), the 3D camera will encompass a fraction of a 1 cent coin or a fingernail as the "Golden Eye".

GEN 1

Generation 1 | prototype, presented at the Medica Düsseldorf 14.-17.11.2022

GEN 2

Generation 2 | compact opto-electronic camera-modul to integrate in an mini-endoscope

GEN 3

Generation 3 | Golden Eye becomes ultra small and integrable in multiple fields of application

Golden Eye

The heart of 3D camera technology

Currently exists a 3D endoscope with a rigid endoscope tip diameter of 7 mm. The prototype of generation 1 (Gen. 1) 3D camera technology is integrated in the housing. Another generation (Gen. 2) will already be significantly more compact and the 3D camera technology will fit the size of a 1 cent coin.
From this generation on, the sub-surface option can be permanently integrated. In the ultimate expansion stage (Gen. 3), the 3D camera will encompass a fraction of a 1 cent coin or a fingernail as the "Golden Eye".
The picture shows the camera model of the 3D Holography Golden Eye from AKmira Optronics in the first generation.

GEN 1

Generation 1 | prototype, presented at the Medica Düsseldorf 14.-17.11.2022

The graphic visualization shows the tiny size of the 3D Golden Eye camera generation 2 from AKmira Optronics in relation to a 1 cent coin.

GEN 2

Generation 2 | compact opto-electronic camera-modul to integrate in an mini-endoscope

The graphic shows the 3D visualization of the 3D holography of a human heart recorded with the 3rd generation Golden Eye camera technology from AKmira Optronics.

GEN 3

Generation 3 | Golden Eye becomes ultra small and integrable in multiple fields of application


Skin image from the back of a hand


Image from a fingerprint skin texture


Image of 2 lower front teeth and gum


Tissue thickness measurement through the gum (Sub-surface measurement at red dot)

Founder and CEO
Dr. Alexander Knüttel

The multiple founder Dr. Alexander Knüttel studied physics and spent several years as a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. / USA dedicated to optical imaging and spectroscopy. After working on a non-invasive optical diabetes sensor, he founded his first start-up in Mannheim/ Germany in 2000. The world's first optical 3D skin scanner, based on OCT technology, was developed at "ISIS optronics GmbH". Starting in 2006, based on this technology, wafer inspection devices were developed, produced and marketed in the "ISIS sentronics GmbH" (today "sentronics metrology GmbH"). After several years of experience in digital, optical holography, our own further developments have been the starting point for the start-up foundation "AKmira optronics GmbH" in Potsdam/ Germany since 2021. Meanwhile the founder is mostly first author in 27 patents, 4 of them are assigned to AKmira.

Dr. Alexander Knüttel - A physicist with an entrepreneurial gene.
Dr. Alexander Knüttel
A physicist with entrepreneurial spirit

Our team

Our interdisciplinary AKmira team consists of physicists, electrical and IT engineers specialized in optical holography, interference microscopy and fast data transmission.

 Jobs & Careers 

Would you like to turn your ideas into useful and meaningful technologies?
Would you like to make a difference and help develop a revolutionary “Made in Germany” technology, digital, optical holography?
Would you like to see how our products later reach the markets through our global medical technology partner?

We look forward to you.

Please send applications to:
mail: 
info@AKmira-optronics.de | phone: +49 (0)331 982231-0

students

For our exciting tasks regarding our new 3D mini-endoscope based on digital, optical holography, we are looking for innovative and enthusiastic team members.

Your tasks

  • Aufbau eines 3D Holografie-Moduls für Messungen unter einer Oberfläche
    (die teuren Bauteile sind bereits vorhanden)
  • Optimierung von Algorithmen für die Verarbeitung und Visualisierung von
    simulierten und gemessenen 3D Daten
  • In vitro und – in eingeschränkten Maße – in vivo Tests
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with various disciplines

Your qualifications

  • Erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Bachelor-Studium der Informatik, Elektro-/Nachrichten-/Informationstechnik, Physik oder eine vergleichbare Ausbildung
  • Fundierte Kenntnisse in MATLAB (und ggf. Python)
  • Kenntnisse in der digitalen Bild- und Signalverarbeitung
  • Grundkenntnisse in der Optik von Vorteil
  • A high degree of communication, team, conflict and assertiveness skills, independence and personal responsibility
  • independence and personal responsibility
  • Very good written and spoken German and English

Für eine Masterarbeit über unser neuartiges 3D Mini-Endoskop (Medizintechnik), basierend auf der digital, optischen Holografie, suchen wir einen begeisterungsfähigen Masterstudenten (m/w/d).

  • Your tasks
    Design, Implementierung und Simulation eines FPGA-Algorithmus in der 2D FFT Signalverarbeitung
  • Multiple Anwendungen der 2D FFTs um die 3D Objektform rekonstruieren zu können
  • Schnittstellendefinition zwischen FPGA- und CPU- basierten Modulen (via PCI-Express)
  • Abarbeitung von Daten mit Raten bis 100 Gb/s

Your qualifications

  • Erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Bachelorstudium im Bereich Technische Informatik, Elektro-/Nachrichten-/Informationstechnik, Physik oder vergleichbares
  • Fundierte Kenntnisse in VHDL-Programmierung und Simulationswerkzeugen
  • Gewisse Kenntnisse in C/C++ Programmierung, sowie Matlab
  • Erfahrungen im Umgang mit Xilinx FPGAs wünschenswert
  • A high degree of communication, team, conflict and assertiveness skills, independence and personal responsibility
  • independence and personal responsibility
  • Sehr gute Deutsch- (und Englischkenntnisse) in Wort und Schrift

experienced professionals

For our exciting tasks regarding our new 3D mini-endoscope based on digital, optical holography, we are looking for innovative and enthusiastic team members.

Your tasks

  • Responsibility for the design, simulation and implementation of highly optimized FPGA modules in signal and image processing
  • Implementation of the modules on high-end FPGAs (preferably Xilincs)
  • Support for hardware tests with very high data rates
  • Supervision of external cooperation partners

Your qualifications

  • Successfully completed university studies in the field of technical informatics, electrical / communications / information technology, physics or similar
  • A few years of experience with VHDL programming, simulation tools and possibly HLS
  • Knowledge of C / C ++ programming and Matlab
  • Practical experience in the field of digital technology up to a few GHz
  • Experience in the field of analog control engineering up to a few MHz is desirable
  • A high degree of communication, team, conflict and assertiveness skills, independence and personal responsibility
  • independence and personal responsibility
  • Very good written and spoken German and English

For our exciting tasks regarding our new 3D mini-endoscope based on digital, optical holography, we are looking for innovative and enthusiastic team members.

Your tasks

  • System development of ultra-compact opto-electronic modules upon requirements
  • Assembly, optimization and trouble-shooting based on modern development tools
  • Organization of certain technical processes within a future production line
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with various disciplines

Your qualifications

  • Successfully mastered university or college degree in the faculties Opto-electronics, Mechatronics, Microsystems technology and extended watchmaker qualification or comparable faculties
  • Practical experience at design/ construction of optical high-tech products
  • Knowledge in CAD programs
  • Intuition at handling small optical parts
  • Knowledge in optical design programs (like Zemax) desired
  • Experience with Matlab of advantage
  • A high degree of communication, team, conflict and assertiveness skills, independence and personal responsibility
  • independence and personal responsibility
  • Very good written and spoken German and English

For our exciting tasks regarding our new 3D mini-endoscope based on digital, optical holography, we are looking for innovative and enthusiastic team members.

Your tasks

  • Implementation and optimization of existing Matlab algorithms for the generation of 3D point clouds and real time visualization of 3D objects
  • Code optimization regarding parallelism and storage allocation within a CPU with potential GPU extension
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration with various disciplines

Your qualifications

  • Successfully mastered university or college degree in the faculties Informatics, Technical Informatics, Electronics/ Electrical Engineering, Physics or similar faculties
  • Profound knowledge in C/C++ programming for high-tech projects
  • Profound knowledge in C/C++ programming for high-tech projects
  • Strong knowledge in digital image and signal processing
  • Experience with Matlab strongly desired
  • A high degree of communication, team, conflict and assertiveness skills, independence and personal responsibility
  • independence and personal responsibility
  • Very good written and spoken German and English

 Inquiry & Contact 

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