PARIS — For centuries, our desire to reproduce accurate, pretty images for “human consumption” has driven the advancements of camera technologies. But what if we were to change the premise and design image sensors for computers to see and analyze the information?

In that case, the fundamental data an image sensor needs to capture—and how each pixel should operate—would change completely. Further, processing would be reinvented and known algorithms would become obsolete.

Nowadays, with drones, robots and autonomous cars increasingly tasked to see their surroundings, detect obstructions and avoid collisions swiftly, these consumers of the future need an image sensor built from the ground up, specific to their computer vision.

Chronocam, a Paris-based startup, happens to have the right technology at the right time.