The Bilby broad- and narrowband hyperspectral imaging engines

The Bilby VNIR hyperspectral imager (above) is Hindsight’s high resolution instrument for remote sensing. The Bilby combines exceptionally high spectral resolution with the light-gathering power enabled by its large entrance aperture and slit width.

We offer the Bilby in a variety of configurations, from broadband (400-1000 nm coverage; above left) to narrowband (restricted spectral ranges of ~115-350 nm within the VNIR bandpass, above right). All models have the same footprint and can fully resolve 600 spectral channels. Broadband models are ideal for remote sensing applications such as precision agriculture, environmental monitoring and surveillance, while high dispersion models are used for solar-induced fluorescence and Raman spectral imaging.

These instruments are configured for passive pushbroom imaging. but are compatible with a variety of 2D array cameras and objective lenses. OEM versions are also available.

See the press release or download the data sheet.


About the Bilby: Sometimes called the Marsupial Rabbit, the Bilby is a beloved native Australian mammal ideally adapted to desert life. With its enormous ears and ultra-sensitive nose, the Bilby represents high detectivity in a unique design.

Bilby  Features and Benefits:

⦁ Unique HTVS™ design maximizes spectral resolution while preserving light-gathering power.
⦁ Wide entrance slit and fast optics ensure high signal-to-noise ratio.
⦁ Compact, lightweight design is ideally suited for portable applications or UAV payloads.
⦁ Optimized for pushbroom hyperspectral imaging with moderate image height and high spectral information density.
⦁ Factory-configurable to custom resolutions and spectral ranges. Call for details on SWIR models.
⦁ Compatible with a wide range of CCD, CMOS and InGaAs cameras.
⦁  The highest spectral resolution of any instrument in its size class: 600 fully-resolved spectral channels over the full 400-1000 nm VNIR bandpass or subranges thereof.
⦁ Narrowband models configured for Raman spectral imaging have best-in-class spectral resolution over the Raman fingerprint region.

What’s a hyperspectral image?

Below we see hyperspectral images and spectra of three lightbulbs collected with the Bilby Broadband. On the left the filament of an incandescent bulb is visible, in the middle is an LED and on the right a CFL bulb. The upper image approximates the true colors as seen by the eye or a conventional color camera, while the lower image displays false colors to highlight the differences between the source spectra. Distinguishing the light sources is difficult with a color camera, but simple with a hyperspectral imager. Click on the image to access a full sized picture.



Can you think of a way to use hyperspectral imaging to save electricity in an office building by analyzing the lighting? We certainly can…