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View, record and review life’s adventures all day and night. True color night vision enhances your safety, lifestyle and experience.
View, record and review life’s adventures all day and night. True color night vision enhances your safety, lifestyle and experience.
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High resolution day only cameras have small pixels and sensor sizes, usually 4 to 5 mm. However, good night vision requires a larger sensor and big pixels. Very high resolution with big pixels require a very big sensor and an equally large lens — goodbye portability — and a budget busting price tag of more than 10x Aurora’s current cost.

Aurora is affordable access to action through advanced technology that captures the adventures of your days and your nights, truly.

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Light is the key to crisp images. With 3 user-selected modes — Day, Twilight, and Night — SiOnyx Aurora will make the best use of available light. With the correct mode selected, that means seeing deer in the woods at twilight is just as possible as birds in the marsh at high noon.

SiOnyx Aurora has an IP67 Waterproof rating which means it can withstand water up to 3ft deep for 30 minutes. And gracefully handle pool splashes, rain and snow, or a water bottle spill.

 At just under 8 ounces and sized to fit comfortably in one hand for easy operation, the SiOnyx Aurora packs a lot of features into a compact package. A removable neck strap allows you to keep it accessible on any adventure.

Back at camp you’re admiring the sparkling night sky through your SiOnyx Aurora — so many stars! — when you hear a rustling in the bushes. Curious as to what it could be, you set up Aurora in time-lapse mode to record periodically what happens while you sleep.

 Audio recording in Stereo Mode for crisp, clear sound.

SiOnyx Aurora stores imagery on a 32 GB Micro SD card which provides enough storage for 4 hours of video.

Streaming high quality content to social media is as essential as breathing these days. Ok, maybe not. But with SiOnyx Aurora’s WiFi capability and App for iOS or Android you can share your adventures on social media so that friends, family, followers — no one — misses out.

Mr. Saylor’s career spans more than 20 years of emerging technology design, development and commercialization in a range of imaging markets. Prior to joining SiOnyx, he served as a Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for Adobe® Systems where he managed Adobe’s award-winning digital video product line. 

Mr. Saylor joined Adobe from FlashPoint® Technology, a digital imaging company he co-founded with a team from Apple®, which they built into one of the most prolific licensing firms to serve the consumer digital photography industry. 

In his early career, Mr. Saylor held a variety of technology management, marketing and engineering roles with Apple, Polaroid® and Technicare™ Corporation. Mr. Saylor holds a B.S.EE from Northeastern University.

Dr. Carey is an expert in optical physics and the interaction of materials with ultra-short laser pulses. Dr. Carey played a key role in the discovery of the unique optoelectronic properties of pulsed laser microstructured silicon, the study of which formed the basis for his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard® and led to the founding of SiOnyx. Dr. Carey is an author of more than 20 papers and conference proceedings, is a named inventor on 12 U.S. and international patents, and has presented at numerous international conferences. Dr. Carey also holds a B.S.E from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Vineis has a deep background in semiconductor material and device development. Prior to joining SiOnyx, Dr. Vineis was with Wakonda™ Technologies, an early-stage company developing flexible thin-film photovoltaics that was ultimately acquired by Solexant® (now Siva Power). 

From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Vineis served as a Member of the Technical Staff for MIT® Lincoln Laboratory developing InGaAs(P) avalanche photodiode arrays for single-photon time-of-flight (LIDAR) imaging. 

Dr. Vineis started his career with AmberWave™ Systems as Director of Wafer Technology. AmberWave’s strained silicon technology for high speed/low power CMOS was licensed or utilized by a wide range of semiconductor companies including Intel®, TSMC, UMC®, Applied Materials®, LG® Siltron and SUMCO™. Dr. Vineis holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania in Materials Science and Engineering.

In his role as VP of Business Development for SiOnyx, Dr. Pralle is helping to deliver next-generation silicon-based optoelectronic technologies to military and other government applications. 

 Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Pralle served as General Manager of the ICx Technologies™ Photonics business unit. As VP of Engineering at ICx Technologies, he developed photonic crystal MEMS infrared emitter and sensor technology that was deployed to solve critical combat identification needs in the thermal imaging bands. Dr. Pralle holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. from Cornell University in Materials Science and Engineering.

Dan Cui is the acting Chief Marketing Officer for the new SiOnyx Aurora ULTRA Low-Light, consumer video camera and comes to the company with deep, 30-year expertise in semiconductors and AR as well as consumer products launched on a global scale. 

Dan was previously Chief Marketing Officer for eMagin’s HMD (head-mounted display) Division. He also was a pioneer in the AR Smart Glasses market during his time at Myvu/ViewLink (one of the early HMD market leaders and developers of the first Android-based smart glasses). Myvu’s patents eventually enabled the development of Google Glass. 

Prior to joining eMagin, he held the position of Vice President of Sales at Vuzix, where he conceived and implemented Vuzix’s AR strategy into the enterprise sector, creating solid relationships with companies such as DHL, SAP, and Lenovo. His efforts successfully raised Vuzix’s market visibility in advance of Intel’s $24.8M investment in Vuzix and subsequent uplift to NASDAQ. 

Dan was also a key principal at Aura Semiconductor, one of the first near field communications (NFC) silicon providers. Dan is an Air Force veteran who enjoys Ham Radio, Piloting, Scuba Diving and is an acclaimed breeder of Shiloh Shepherd dogs.

                                                                                                                  
  
 
 

Risks and challenges

The project is currently gearing up for production, nothing will get in the way of that at this point. Pre-production units are coming off the line and the performance is exceeding our expectations. As with any product development, there are small issues that pop up regarding how the plastic fits, buttons work, environmental and drop tests, etc. SiOnyx has those issues well under control.

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