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QCELL has invented Spectral Vision, a game-changing technology impacting the entire world of imaging science and technology.

Color camera-based medical endoscopes and microscopes are now replaced with our advanced Spectral-Vision Scopes with incomparable diagnostic power.

Bench-top analytical instruments are now replaced with affordable, handheld, field-operable, real-time spectral mappers.

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Color cameras have dominated our world. Equipped with a three-channel sensor, they have made to emulate human vision, generating the primary color basis for synthesizing the perceived hues.

Imagine how the world would look like with a multichannel vision, extended to invisible bands of the spectrum. You would be able to see the chemistry behind the colors and to become instantly informed about early signs of disease, about the food’s quality etc. Pushing the limits of what is possible in the imaging science, QCELL made this happen!

QCELL’s imaging products are based on the company’s proprietary Spectral Vision platform technology. Convectional color video imaging is now replaced with multichannel video imaging and live spectral mapping.


QCELL’s spectral imagers break barriers to entry addressing the broad demand for live spectral inspections with advanced handheld devices. Spectral Vision information-rich data are an ideal input to machine learning/AI-based training, transforming spectral maps to pathology maps or to chemical maps offering great diagnostic value and analytical power respectively.
Medical Imaging
Crop Imaging
Marine Imaging

News (2020-2021)

December 2020: The QCELL’s patent application “a Hybrid Spectral Imager” granted claim allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO)

December 2020: QCELL received a research grant after winning the EU “Seal of Excellence” in Oenolytics proposal

November 2020: QCELL’s generic Spectral Vision product passed the CE-Mark tests

April 2020: QCELL received and coordinates the grand “Spectral Plant” funded by the Regional Government of Crete

January 2020: QCELL, as member of an international consortium, received the horizon H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020 EU program “Spectral Imaging Powered Ship Hull Biofouling Detection and Cleaning”

See the invisible at a glance with the Q Cell’s advanced Spectral Scopes

Seeing only three colors with the conventional Medical “SCOPES”, i.e. Dermoscopes, Endoscopes, Clinical Microscopes, is not enough! Human tissues are complex structures and quite often different abnormalities are perceived with similar hues, leading to inconclusive examinations.

Traditional Medical “Scopes” (Dermoscopes, Endoscopes, Clinical Microscopes) are simple color camera-based magnifying lens systems. Their most advanced versions integrate digital imaging technologies, offering several advantages in documentation and communication

Significant diagnostic information can be gained, in vivo, with multichannel imaging, spanning both the visible and the invisible portions of the optical spectrum. Spectral Imaging emerges as the technology of choice for improving the accuracy of in vivo diagnosis, limiting the need of invasive biopsies. However, conventional scanning spectral imaging technologies are far from being clinically implementable, as they fail to offer real-time imaging, a key requirement in clinical inspections.

 

QCELL’s Spectral View Scopes add new dimensions of information in real time. Multichannel, live imaging in both the visible and the non visible portions of the spectrum, together with spectral mapping uncover the underlaying microstructural alterations, empowering clinical diagnosis. Take me to the Medical Imaging pages

Crop Imaging

 

Color Images (left) of normal (bottom), dysplastic and melanoma moles (upper). Their macroscopic appearance is not informative for the underlining pathology. On the contrary, the spectral class color-coding of Spectral View mapping is clearly pathology-specific: white for the melanoma and red for the dysplastic mole


Transforming precision agriculture with the power of Spectral Vision​

The QCELL’s PhenoChecker camera is a battery operated, wearable/handheld, macro-imaging system for the in situ monitoring of crops. It is a powerful tool for analyzing plants, fruits, flowers, seeds etc., offering objective and quantitative information for assessing and monitoring their condition.​

The PhenoChecker camera displays, in real time, vegetation index and spectral maps in both reflectance, fluorescence imaging modes. The camera integrates a proprietary dome illumination module for isolating ambient light and for ensuring glare-free imaging.​

Spectral phenotype mapping informs about the presence of pathogens, viruses, pests, water and nutrient stress. It also offers an objective means for the assessment of fruit ripening, for predicting the optimal harvest time. By integrating all these unique features, PhenoChecker comprises a valuable tool for controlling and optimizing farming, towards reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides and water.


The PhenoChecker camera is a powerful tool for the in situ non-destructive analysis of crops. It brinks the diagnostic power of spectral imaging in your hands and the modern agri-tech revolution in your business. Please take a few moments to explore what our PhenoChecker camera can do for you. Take me to the Crop Imaging Pages

Marine Imaging

The PhenoChecker camera in action: Tablet battery-powered spectral Imaging, plus vegetation index/spectral mapping, all in real-time.


Harnessing light for enhancing underwater vision​

Turbid waters often restrict underwater visibility to less than 1m, posing a natural obstacle for the inspection of manmade or natural subaqueous objects. QCELL brings the Spectral Vision technology to address one of the most challenging and high-impact problems in maritime operations: Clear imaging in turbid waters.​

SpectralSea is a video rate spectral imager offering a physics-based primary enhancement of the underwater visibility, which is complemented with advanced, real-time algorithms recognizing and deconvolving the scattering component. The SpectralSea camera comes with an 200 m (or smaller) cable for both data and power transmission. It can be uploaded on Autonomous (uncrewed) Underwater Vehicles (AUV) or Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), transferring, at a video rate, spectral images and spectral maps to a host computer, installed in remote locations.


SpectralSea camera is an important innovation for biofouling inspection in turbid/murky waters and for supporting ship-hull cleaning decisions thus delivering large savings to the shipping industry, while, at the same time, protecting the environment though the reduction of fuel consumption. It also comprises the today’s best technology, offering maximum visibility for inspecting fish farms and aquatic plants, as well as for marine archelogy and marine research. Take me to the Marine Imaging Pages

Technology & Innovation


The SpectralSea camera acquires live color and spectral images simultaneously. The left side image is what conventional cameras can “see” in a resolution target submerged in turbid waters. The right-hand image is what the SpectralSea camera “sees” in real time in exactly the same conditions. All target’s details became visible with great clarity ​


QCELL’s proprietary Spectral Vision technology changes the way we see the world. Live, multi-channel imaging, spanning both the visible and the non-visible portions of the spectrum, add new dimensions of information.

Spectral Vision is a bio-inspired technology from animals like Mantis shrimps, that have 12 different types of photoreceptor channels. Mantis shrimps can see hues that humans, with just 3 channels, cannot see.

Spectral Vision combines Spectral Artificial Vision with Machine Learning/AI to gather unparalleled analytical power in a live streaming fashion. We can now see better and more! Hidden information becomes visible with the multichannel vision.

Unlike conventional cameras that acquire streams of single images, QCELL’s “Spectral Vision” cameras stream packs of spectral images at video rate. Each spectral cube pack comprise several, full HD narrowband images, an information-rich, multidimensional dataset.

The information contained in the spectral cube is equivalent to a full spectrum per image pixel. Embedded spectral classifiers group all these millions of spectra into color-coded group of pixels, by utilizing efficient spectral similarity metrics. The color-coded classes of pixels make up the so-called spectral map, which depicts comprehensively the dominant spectral profiles in the imaged field.


QCELL’s product pipeline capitalizes on the opentotraining nature of the Spectral Vision platform. Machine learning/AI-based system’s training involves the comparison of spectral profiles corresponding to both target and reference samples (golden standards). This establishes a correlation formula converting the spectral map to either a diagnostic map and/or to a chemical identity map. Diagnostic maps is the last link of imaging chain of QCELL’s Spectral Vision Medical Scopes, whereas chemical identity maps is the output of imaging systems indented for non-destructive testing.

About & Contact
The mantis shrimp (up) and the spectral data cube, showing spectra per pixel and the spectral classification map (first image from the left) (bottom).

 

QCELL is located in Chania and Heraklion, Crete, Greece. The company has developed and patented the spectral vision platform technology and produces /markets a series of derivative optical imaging systems in the fields of Medical, Crop and Marine Imaging.

The team has a successful track record in developing innovations from concept to commercially successful products and a proven capacity in designing and executing international clinical trials, in achieving regulatory clearance, including FDA approval and in drafting and prosecuting patent applications.

The Company operates alongside the multidisciplinary academic environment of Crete, having access to the advanced research lab facilities of the Technical University of Crete and to the local public and private medical centers. The company is an integrated part of this ecosystem, a significant privilege facilitating prototyping, proof of concept studies and pilot-level clinical validations, all together contributing to shortening time-to-market. In parallel, the company has established a strong international network of Key Opinion Leaders and consultants supporting strategic planning and implementation.

Prof. Costas Balas is the company’s founder and CEO.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/costas-balas-b4473236/​

 


Q Cell’s Head quarters/RD in Chania, Crete, Greece (up) and Application Dev. Offices/Labs (bottom) in the Science and Technology Park of Crete-Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

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News (2020-2021)

December 2020: The QCELL’s patent application “a Hybrid Spectral Imager” granted claim allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO)

December 2020: QCELL received a research grant after winning the EU “Seal of Excellence” in the “Oenolytics proposal”

November 2020: QCELL’s generic Spectral Vision product passed the CE-Mark tests

April 2020: QCELL received and coordinates the grand “Spectral Plant” funded by the Regional Government of Crete

January 2020: QCELL, as member of an international consortium, received the horizon H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020 EU program “Spectral Imaging Powered Ship Hull Biofouling Detection and Cleaning”

https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/950854

https://www.sleekship.eu/partners/