Circle Optics

360-degree imaging is part of everyday life. Circle Optics technology is being designed to accelerate the delivery of life saving resources, ensure aerospace safety, enhance surveillance capabilities for protection, and transform immersive experiences. Originally, the concept behind Circle Optics originated while Founder Zak Niazi was in college. His primary question: If Google has cameras on top of cars mapping the planet, why can’t we strap on a headset and roam around the world sharing live streaming images of the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Roman Colosseum? The reason that cannot be done today is because of the issue of stitching. Circle Optics has resolved the stitching problem by creating a patent protected method of aligning fields-or-view.

Circle Optics

Company Overview

Industry
Optics
Products / Services
Packaging
Location
Rochester, NY

Mission

The premise of Circle Optics technology is that our technology has the power to enhance the human experience for the better – accelerating mobility in robotics, increasing safety in aerospace and democratizing experiences through 360-degree imaging.

Positioning

360-degree imaging is part of everyday life. Circle Optics technology is being designed to accelerate the delivery of life saving resources, ensure aerospace safety, enhance surveillance capabilities for protection, and increase immersive experience participation.

Different from other cameras on the market which work by combining overlapping fields of view, our technology works by aligning fields of view to produce a perfect 360-degree image. No distortion. One click and done.

  • We believe in a world where everyone has access to immersive experiences
  • We believe in a world where autonomous robots have situational consciousness, not just situational awareness

Robotics / Drones

$10B Industry

The drone industry is hampered by an inability to meet regulations to fly beyond line of sight of a human operator. Circle Optics is miniaturizing its novel camera technology under contract with NASA and NSF to enable drones to meet FAA regulations. 15 million drones are expected to fly beyond line of sight by the end of the decade, and they will need this solution to meet regulatory requirements.

Aerospace / Defense

$200M Industry

Persistent ground surveillance solutions scan our skies for threats including missiles, aircrage and UAVs to secure United States’ borders, but solutions today have narrow fields-of-view that operators describe as “looking through a straw.” Circle Optics is working with the Space Force to eliminate the straw-like view, giving full hemispheric coverage of the sky with resolution never before possible with our distortion-free optics.

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES / MEDIA

$122M Industry

Capturing content for the immersive entertainment industry costs on average $10k per finished minute of video for stitching. Circle Optics’ Hydra camera system eliminates this cost and hassle. In an instant, content is ready for the big screen and live events can be streamed in 8k resolution and with 12-bit color to dome theaters and VR headsets.

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