New High-Definition Ultraviolet Skin Imaging System: UVSIS HD™
In 2014, a video produced by Mr. Thomas Leveritt of New York called How the Sun Sees You stimulated a great deal of worldwide interest in UV skin imaging. That year, Oculus Photonics introduced the UVSIS™, a “UV Mirror” that allows skin care professionals to assess sun damage of facial skin and to help clients practice proper application of sunscreen. The UVSIS, or Ultraviolet Skin Imaging System enables people to visualize themselves in the UV spectrum, a spectrum of light that makes hyperpigmentation sun damage very apparent, and makes absorber sunscreen look like black paint on the skin. The system consists of a UV camera module mounted above a video monitor, and a pair of UV LED lamps to provide uniform ultraviolet lighting of the user’s face.
In February of 2017, Oculus Photonics released an updated version of this product, the UVSIS HD™. A high-definition (1080p) 23.98 fps UV camera is coupled with a 21 inch HD monitor and a pair of UV illuminators. The HD system has over four times the resolution of the original UVSIS and creates broadcast-quality, spectrally-pure ultraviolet video. Oculus customers have used inexpensive commercially-available HD-SDI video capture cards to capture 10-bit ultraviolet video from the UVSIS HD at a video data rate of 100 MB/sec! Each frame of this video is free of spatial compression artifacts. This is the highest quality commercial ultraviolet video we have seen.
Here is a sample HD image made with the UVSIS HD using a Black Magic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder:
Here is a closeup detail from the image above showing the fine details that are captured:
Here is a video of sunscreen being applied: