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Hyperspec NIR

Headwall Photonics – Spectral Imaging

The Headwall Photonics Hyperspec NIR imaging spectrometers offer an exceptional imaging performance in the near-infrared (NIR) and cover a spectral range from 900nm to 1700nm. Depending on the desired frame rate and interface type, these spectrometers are available in two different configurations. 

Hyperspec NIR imaging spectrometers are designed with a completely reflective concentric optical system featuring an f/2.0 aperture. The system includes aberration correction and is housed in a lightweight package, which is optimised for use in harsh environments. 

Hyperspec NIR is available in two versions, both providing 320 spatial bands and 166 spectral bands. The R-Series version features Base CameraLink connectivity, while the X-Series version utilises USB connectivity for versatile data transfer options.

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The  Headwall Photonics HyperSpec NIR is a powerful tool that features:

  • The Hyperspec NIR sensors feature a compact and rugged design, ensuring durability and stability while offering a wide field of view and low scatter or stray light.
  • With 320 spatial bands and 166 spectral bands, the sensors deliver an extremely high signal-to-noise ratio for enhanced image quality.
  • Hyperspec NIR is available in two versions: the R-Series with Base CameraLink connectivity and the X-Series with USB connectivity, both providing high-resolution image capture.
  • Constructed using a completely reflective concentric optical design with an f/2.0 aperture, Hyperspec NIR ensures aberration-corrected imaging in a lightweight and durable package that is optimised for harsh environments.
  • Cost-effective deployment is possible with Hyperspec NIR, enabling efficient use of resources.

How To Apply The Headwall Photonics HyperSpec NIR
Mining and Exploration / Machine Vision / Remote Sensing  / Waste Recycling

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Hyperspec MV.X

Hyperspec MV.X

Headwall PhotonicsSpectral Imaging – Improve The Quality Of Your Food

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Hyperspec MV.X

Hyperspec MV.X Visualize Value at the Speed of Light

The Future of Food using Industry-leading Hyperspec® MV.X platform paired with real-time onboard classification on processing/production lines.

From specialty crops to seafood and poultry, the global food industry adopts advanced tools to ensure the quality and safety of food supplies. Headwall’s award-winning MV.X technology platform overcomes these obstacles by combining a high-performance spectrometer with powerful embedded computing to extract actionable results in real-time. Machine learning and artificial intelligence-powered perClass® MIRA software performs runtime processing and makes model development very intuitive. The web user interface of the MV.X allows for remote control and maintenance of the system.

Concentric Imaging 

Headwall’s HYPERSPEC® family of hyperspectral sensors and imaging systems are small, light, and rugged. The simple but elegant all-concentric design uses precisely-engineered master-quality holographic diffraction gratings and mirrors to deliver high signal-to-noise, high spectral and spatial resolution, and a wide, aberration-corrected field of view.


HYPERSPEC® sensors are  line-scanning  hyperspectral cameras (sometimes called  pushbroom) that collect reflected light through an image slit. One row of spatial pixels is collected per frame as motion occurs, with each pixel containing full spectral data.
A hyperspectral data cube thus contains complete X, Y, and wavelength data that can be analyzed and managed through Headwall’s powerful applications software.

Key Benefits

  • Hyperspectral Imaging System: not just a camera
  • Built for challenging VNIR (400-1000nm) machine-vision applications on the processing line
  • Fast onboard, embedded processing for real-time classification
  • GenICam-compliant GigE interface with an IP67-rated housing
  • Flexible yet robust and straightforward workflo

How to Apply the HyperSpec MV-X

Foreign object detection / Contamination detection / Sorting and grading / Process analytics / Safety and Pathogen detection 

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Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

Hyperspec VNIR – SWIR Co-Aligned

Headwall PhotonicsSpectral Imaging

Headwall Hyperspec - Co-Aligned VNIR-SWIR

Headwall’s Co-Aligned Dual VNIR-SWIR sensor package with co-aligned pixels for superb imaging performance from 400-2500nm.

Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR imaging sensor leverages a patented aberration-corrected design that provides very high spectral and spatial resolution with stable measurement accuracy. With diffractive optics specifically designed and manufactured by Headwall, the dual hyperspectral sensors do not exhibit image aberrations such as stray light, optical distortions, or thermal instabilities. Along with aberration-corrected imaging, the Hyperspec VNIR-SWIR sensor package offers a wide field of view and high signal-to-noise (SNR) performance. Pixels from both sensors are co-aligned through software.

Headwall’s Hyperspec® VNIR-SWIR sensor provides image data across the broadband range of 400-2500nm, reducing processing times and yielding superior imaging performance. A CMOS FPA is used for the VNIR sensor while a cooled MCT array is used for the SWIR sensor. Inside the enclosure is a high-accuracy GPS/IMU plus the data storage and processing computer. Headwall’s VNIR-SWIR airborne sensor package measures approximately 10.7” x 8.2” x 6.5” in size (272mm x 208mm x 165mm) and weighs approximately 6.25 lb. (2.83 kg), making it suitable for aircraft and certain UAVs.

Key Benefits

  • Superb imaging performance
  • Wideband coverage
  • Pixel co-alignment through software
  • Small form-factor, lightweight
  • Robust and environmentally rugged
  • Aberration-corrected
  • High spatial and spectral resolution
  • Wide field-of-view

How to Apply the HyperSpec Co-registered

Airborne Remote Sensing / Mine Mapping / Precision Agriculture / Minerals & Mining Exploration / Environmental Monitoring / Petroleum & Pipeline Monitoring

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VNIR-SWIR Co-Aligned + Internal Data Storage + GPS-IMU

Hyperspec Nano

Headwall’s new Nano-Hyperspec® is a completely integrated hyperspectral sensor designed for the VNIR (400-1000nm) spectral range.

A completely integrated lightweight (<0.52kg) VNIR hyperspectral sensor for small UAV applications that includes on-board data-processing/storage and GPS/IMU. Today’s UAVs are exceptionally small and light and they demand payloads to match.

A key advantage of Nano-Hyperspec is that it also includes 480GB of on-board data collection/storage, plus attached GPS/IMU functionality. This allows the payload bay of the UAV to be optimized for other needs such as video or thermal imaging. Weight and space is saved, making for a more efficient airborne solution.

Nano-Hyperspec is perfect for today’s new breed of hand-launched UAVs and drones, representing a mix of fixed-wing and multi-rotor models to meet practically any deployment scenario.

How to Apply the HyperSpec Nano

Agriculture / Viticulture / Vegetation

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Headwall’s HyperCore™ Data Processing Unit manages the high-speed computing function for airborne applications in a small and very light package.

HyperCore™ is a small and powerful storage and management system that synthesizes the data streams from hyperspectral sensors plus a range of other instruments commonly used in airborne applications. Combining HyperCore™ with Headwall’s Micro-Hyperspec® sensor yields a solution that is the lightest and smallest in the industry. This means more payload budget for other instruments, such as LiDAR, RGB, thermal, and FODIS, which can be all be connected simultaneously to the unit.

How to Apply the HyperCore

Remote Sensing / Mining Mapping / Precision Agriculture

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Hyperspec Inspector

Hyperspec Inspector

Headwall Photonics -Spectral Imaging

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Headwall’s Hyperspec® Inspector™ is a fully integrated hyperspectral inspection instrument providing reliable, repeatable spectral and spatial measurement for in-line or at-line, high volume manufacturing process lines.

The Inpector is designed for operation in harsh manufacturing and processing environments.

  • Available in versions for VIS, VNIR, NIR and SWIR spectral ranges
  • In-line or at-line process inspection
  • Very fast frame rates, up to 236 fps
  • Integrated data processing and storage unit

How to Apply the Headwall Inspector

Advanced Machine Vision / Food Production / Pharmaceuticals / Process Analysis / Waste Management

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Hyperspec SWIR

Headwall’s Hyperspec SWIR imaging spectrometer provides unparalleled spectral and spatial performance in the short wave infrared spectral region of 950 to 2500 nm. The sensor provides a complete spectrum of image data for every pixel within the field of view.

Hyperspec SWIR is available in two configurations: as a lens-based imager or as a multi-channel/multi-point spectrometer.

Each model provides different capabilities to support application requirements such as frame rates, dynamic range, region of interest binning, price, and more.

  • The industry’s smallest SWIR hyperspectral sensor
  • Standard model has 267 spectral channels and 384 spatial channels
  • Standard maximum frame rate is 450Hz
  • Stirling-cooled MCT detector

How to Apply the HyperSpec SWIR

Mining and Exploration / Process Manufacturing  / Remote Sensing

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Co-Aligned HP

Hyperspec VNIR imaging sensors encompass a broad range of models with capabilities and price points to suit any application.

Designed for use in the 380nm – 1000nm spectral range, they are available as lens-based imagers or as multi-channel, multi-point fiber instruments.

With different options for imaging performance, frame rates, and data management, users can select among three sensor models within the Hyperspec VNIR family: the N-Series, the A-series and the E-series.

  • Expansive capabilities for superior spectral sensing
  • Variation in spatial bands and spectral bands between N, A and E series
  • CameraLink connectivity to suit application
  • Non-contact analysis

How to Apply the HyperSpec VNIR

Medical / Process Monitoring and Control / Over-Conveyor Inspection

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Hyperspec UV-VIS

Headwall’s award-winning Hyperspec® imaging instruments are rugged and versatile, for use anywhere from a laboratory all the way up to harsh outdoor environments.

Hyperspec UV-VIS covers the 250nm – 500nm spectral range and is available in four versions to meet varying requirements with respect to camera type, frame rate, dynamic range, and region-of-interest binning.

  • Ideal for low-light, low-signal situations
  • Extremely high signal-to-noise
  • Accurate, consistent spectral measurement
  • Compact with wide field of view

How to Apply the HyperSpec UV-VIS

Biomedical / Food Safety / Material Identification / Forensics / Process Control

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Hyperspec Fluorescence Sensor

Hyperspec Fluorescence Sensor

Headwall PhotonicsSpectral Imaging

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Headwall’s HyperSpec High-Resolution Fluorescence Sensor is an all-reflective concentric imager designed for Chlorophyll Fluorescence imaging across large geographical regions.  

The spectral range is roughly 755nm – 775nm but this solution exhibits high spacial/spectral resolution plus high SNR for low-light performance.

  • Compact rugged design, smaller and lighter than previous generation products
  • Aberration-corrected high-throughput optical sensor design
  • Pixel binning available
  • Optimised for use with aircraft, UAVs and satellites

How to Apply the HyperSpec Fluorescence Sensor

Remote Sensing / Environment / Precision Agriculture

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