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OmniVision Technologies, Inc., along with SMARTmirror, recently announced the world’s first WiFi-compatible smart dental mirror. The dental mirror employs an existing OmniVision camera device to wirelessly stream a live feed of the patient’s mouth to an accompanying iPad. This innovation allows both the professional and the patient to easily see the area of concern within the patient’s mouth, something which was only available before through dedicated oral imaging cameras and cumbersome monitors.
The Dental SMARTmirror is equipped with OmniVision’s tiny OVM6946 CameraCubeChip™, a wafer-tier camera module, and a sapphire mirror surface with 12x magnification that is resistant to scratches and fogging. It also boasts 36 LEDs of adjustable brightness which are integrated to the perimeter of the device, and exerts a weight and size comparable to a typical dental mirror.
The 1.05 x 1.05 x 2.27-millimeter module, built on OniVision’s OmniBSI+™ pixel architecture, can capture images and video at 400 x 400 resolution and 30 frames per second. It also provides a 120-degree diagonal field of view and has a focusing range of 3 millimeters to infinity.
The device was invented in response to common patient fear surrounding dental procedures. Many patients fear that dentists will push painful or unnecessary treatments, and as such, dentists face resistance from patients for procedures that they believe are for the benefit of their health. The Dental SMARTmirror is equipped to improve communication with pertinent visuals to establish a better dentist-patient dynamic.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with SMARTmirror to create this breakthrough product and expand the application space for our successful CameraCubeChip modules,” said Tehzeeb Gunja, principal marketing and business development manager at OmniVision. “Our camera is completely invisible to the user, and dentists and hygienists don’t need any additional training to use the SMARTmirror.”
Currently in its early phases, the Dental SMARTmirror is pilot testing with 200 dentists. 2000 inspections and procedures have already been performed using this device, and as such, it is expected to be launched for mass production in the second quarter of 2019.
For Further Information
More on the dental imaging device market in the US can be found in a series of reports published by iData entitled the US Market Report Suite for Dental Imaging Devices.