OmniVision’s wafer-level camera module enables breakthrough smart dental mirror

Ultrabright SMARTmirror provides real-time images and video to dentists and patients during dental procedures. OmniVision Technologies, a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, along with SMARTmirror, a developer of innovative dental products, announced from MD&M West in Anaheim the world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled smart dental mirror, which sends images and video in real time to a connected tablet.

This uniquely enables dental professionals and patients to see inside the patient’s mouth during exams and procedures. The sapphire mirror is similar in size and weight to a standard dental mirror, which is made possible by OmniVision’s tiny OVM6946 CameraCubeChip™ wafer-level camera module.

Some patients mistrust dentists and fear that they will suggest unnecessary and painful treatments. As a result, dentists face resistance to treatments that they believe are necessary for a patient’s health. The SMARTmirror is designed to alleviate these concerns and improve the communication between dentists and patients. Its sapphire mirror provides 12x magnification and won’t scratch or fog up like a standard mirror, and the 36 integrated LEDs with adjustable intensity offer brighter illumination when needed.

We tell dentists that the SMARTmirror changes everything by putting their eyes in the mouth of the patient, removing the anxiety many patients feel when they can’t see what is happening,” said Dan Harkabi, CEO of SMARTmirror. “When we first came up with the idea three years ago, we didn’t know if a commercial product was feasible. OmniVision’s CameraCubeChip technology has allowed us to bring this amazing product to market.”

The OVM6946 camera module is built on OmniVision’s OmniBSI+™ pixel architecture and can capture 400 x 400 resolution video at 30 frames per second (fps), providing a 120-degree diagonal field of view and a focusing range from 3mm to infinity. The module measures 1.05 x 1.05 x 2.27mm, which makes it small enough to embed seamlessly within the 4mm thick SMARTmirror.

The OVM6946 has also been integrated into a number of single-use medical devices for endoscopy, an application where small size is equally important.

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.”

The SMARTmirror is currently in pilot testing with 200 dentists, and well over 2,000 inspections and procedures have been performed using the device. It is expected to be available in mass production in Q2 2019. A working demo of the SMARTmirror will be on display at the OmniVision MD&M West booth #1784, taking place February 5-7 in Anaheim, California.