Direct Digital Infrared Camera: New Digital Technology Delivers More of the Infrared Spectrum at Lower Cost

Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

Time: 8:00am – 10:00am

Organizer: Gelvin Stevenson, PhD

Host: Sidley Austin LLP

Location: 787 Seventh Ave. (AXA Equitable Building, between 51st and 52nd Streets), 23rd Floor

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Infrared cameras should win an Oscar for all the movies they have stared it. In war movies or crime thrillers, they are the devices that allow you to see figures in the dark and even tell if they are packing heat. (I mean, heat as in guns.) In real life, the uses are countless and the military and security markets are huge.

But so are the environmental markets. And medical markets.

Thermal Infrared Imaging has been used for many years and is an indispensable tool for Law Enforcement, First Responders and all aspects of the military, as well as industrial, medical, environmental, diagnostic and research uses. Presently the market for Thermal Imaging Cameras is over $ 30 billion annually and growing at over 5% CAGR /year. Direct Digital Infrared (D2IR) has developed a revolutionary way to broaden the spectrum available on lens, improve image quality and lower cost. The concept has been proved though sophisticated computer simulations. It is seeking $400,000 to fund Phase One of the project, followed by a $5 million raise.

Digital Direct IR, Inc.’s Dual-Spectrum Direct-to Digital IR imaging and companion Ultra-Wide-Spectrum optics (lenses) will be able to offer much lower cost, equal or better performance as well as many new capabilities to address the new needs of the military, security, medical, environmental and scientific worlds.

Direct-to-Digital imaging is important. The current technologies are noisy, complex to fabricate, hard to scale and suffer from high manufacturing cost. By devising a technology that is Direct-to-Digital, D2IR has done away with the problems inherent to analog systems and drastically lowered the cost of manufacture and achieved very high margins because the design architecture is extremely simple, robust and easily fabricated.


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Time out for a little science: The Thermal Infrared (IR) spectrum is separated into two distinct parts, Mid and Far IR. Think of them as two different colors. Conventional IR cameras—which are optical, not digital—can see only one of the colors. So, to see Mid and Far IR scenes require two individual IR cameras. D2IR has developed a digital lens that not only sees both Mid and Far IR, but also Visible and Near IR—in one camera--and has much better performance and additional capabilities, features and functions. On top of that, it has a much lower cost of manufacture.  The design D2IR has developed allows the use of materials that cost 75% less than what is used in conventional IR cameras today.

Consequently, in stark contrast to designs currently in the market, D2IR’s simple and robust detectors can be placed in any position without reducing their performance. For example, D2IR’s robust detectors can be stood up on their side and still function perfectly well. This allow them to build a circular ring of detectors that face outward, facilitating a Side-Scanning IR imager. These can be used in medical devices like endoscopes and swallow-able pill cameras for diagnostic purposes. The company believes that no one else can do this.

Technical Alert! D2IF says that they have solved some problems that have plagued conventional IR cameras, ranging from high image distortion to considerable light loss in the multiple lens systems needed to solve the image distortion problems. They did this because they can fabricate their imager on a curve, which is compatible with the curve of the lens being used. They claim that no one else can do this.


GIF thanks Investors Circle for its generous support, Geoff Miles, Chino Maduagwu, and Gary Kier for developing and operating GIF’s video, social media and design capabilities, Tonia Popke for her financial expertise, and Jesse Goldstein, PhD, for his continued support.


These technological advances open up numerous environmental uses, some new and some currently available, but with greatly improved performance and lower cost. It could be used, for example, to: locate or identify--many from a distance--leaks in water mains, natural gas lines, oil pipelines, oil slicks on water (from above, with a drone), breaches in leach fields, weak areas in dams, potential sink holes before they implode, faulty electric utility power transformers before they fail, damaged electric utility power lines before they fail, natural gas leaks in residential street infrastructure, leaks in steam distribution lines (ie; Con Edison steam), faulty electric utility power transformers under the street as they become a shock hazard for pedestrians, and more.

D2IR cameras could also identify (usually from a distance) heat loss areas in buildings, failed thermal glass in buildings, water damaged structural concrete, cars and trucks with high emissions levels, tires with low air pressure while being driven, sick people remotely, areas of microbial growth and verification of mitigation, and areas where terrorists have released aerosol weapons and their mitigation.

Plus, they could analysis heating boiler chimney exhaust from a distance (the boiler efficiency can be determined by the temperature of the exhaust gasses) and boiler exhaust gasses to determine of the Scrubber System is functioning properly; check the operating temperatures of nacelles in wind farms and spot methane leaks from closed coal mines and many, many other places where they normally go un-noticed

Medical uses include: blood flow analysis (ie; diabetes, post-surgical, during surgery, heart disease); external cancer identification (skin cancer, sun damage, pre and post-surgery, identification of skin cancer in real time and to verify that ablation or freeze therapy was successful), breast tumor identification, pre and post-surgery analysis; identification of internal cancers (endoscopy (with our ring array imager), pre and post-surgery; and identification of dehydrated patients remotely, SIDS mitigation, Patient monitoring for vital signs and behavior.


Disclaimer: The Greentech Investors Forum (GIF) is not soliciting funds for the presenting companies, nor is it encouraging parties to invest in them. We try to find good companies—not necessarily good investments. They have been advised on what is acceptable in terms of predicted results, but GIF takes no responsibility for what they actually do, say, or how they perform in the future. Gelvin Stevenson is working with D2IR individually.


The patent portfolio is exceptionally strong, with the main one in hand, 10 more filed and more expected in the next few months. Only last month—in January—the company was awarded a patent for its Side-Scanning IR imager, which can be used in medical devices like endoscopes and swallow-able pill cameras for diagnostic purposes. That means that it can diagnose cancer very early in its progression.

The company has a highly experienced technical, management and advisory team and an exceptionally strong patent portfolio.

Agenda:          8:00 to 8:30     -   Networking & light breakfast

8:30 to 9:10     -   Peter Kaufman, Founder and CEO, and Gib Dunham, Financial Advisor

9:10 to 9:300   -   Dr. NM Ravindra PhD, NJ Institute of Technology, Technical advisor

9:30 to 10:00   -   Discussion

Security:        Security is tight, so please register early. If there is a problem at the Security Desk, please contact Gelvin Stevenson at 917-599-6089.  

Fees:               $50, payable ahead of time or at the door. Cash or checks and credit cards accepted.

$25 for call-in. Registered call-ins will be emailed the call-in numbers and, if available, the slides to be presented.

                        $20 for students and faculty

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  • Peter Kaufman President, CTO, Co-founder:has over 30 years of product engineering and product development.  He is an expert in imaging materials science, optical engineering & has multiple patents and publications to his credit.
  • Gib Dunham, Financial Advisor: Mr. Dunham has 20 years’ experience in finance and the capital markets. He is the Chief Investment Officer at Alternative Capital Advisers, LLC.
  • Dr. NM Ravindra PhD Technical advisor:has over 25 years’ experience in semiconductor imaging research and development.  He is the Chairman of the Physics and Materials Science Department at NJIT, and has written numerous patents & publications.

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