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Small 3D Stereo Depth Sensing Camera for Robotics

eCapture has introduced what it claims is the smallest form factor stereoscopic 3D depth sensing camera. The new LifeSense G53 measures 50mm x 14.9mm x 20 mm and is designed for depth capture and object tracking for industrial, robotics and other applications driven by AI. eCapture plans to introduce a full range of depth map cameras to address the growing need for stereo imaging equipment over the next quarter.

The first in the cost-effective eCapture line, the G53 provides a 50-degree field of view (FOV) and includes two Mono Sensor pairs for various resolutions of stereo, mono and depth disparity/distance map output via USB. The camera is well suited for development of Robots, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR), Goods to Person (G2P) delivery, as well as fast-motion depth capture, says the company.

The 3D computer vision technology is critical for AI applications, says eCapture, enabling autonomous functionality for software and machines, from robotic spatial awareness to scene understanding, object recognition, and better depth and distance sensing for enhanced intelligent vehicles. According to Meticulous Research, the 3D and machine vision market is expected to double from $1.35 billion in 2020 to $2.65 billion in 2027.

According to eCapture, leading robotics companies recently incorporated eCapture cameras with depth vision to their Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) design, with a people-following function for daily life. The AMR has the eCapture LifeSense G53 camera installed on a mobile dolly to track and follow operators. The solution’s global Shutter (GS) sensor setup and wide Field-of-View (FoV) allow responses to quick motion objects, which is an important function for this application, allowing the devices to react to sudden turn behavior, for example.

eCapture camera solutions are based on the innovative eYs3D stereo vision processing solutions. The eYs3D vision processor can compute the stereo depth map data and reduces the burden on the host CPU/GPU, allowing for higher performance and lower power solutions. Synchronized frame data from both cameras allows development of SLAM algorithms.

This very small form factor camera offers a clean depth map output and requires only minimal host computing support. It is suitable for a wide range of depth applications in fast moving systems with excellent indoor and outdoor depth output performance. The eCapture LifeSense Depth Camera G53 includes the eCapture SDK supporting Windows, Linux, and Android OS environments. Different programming language support and wrapper APIs are also available.

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The new G53 camera is available from the website and selected resellers. Pricing starts at $79 with a special sample promotional price for Sept. 2021 of $49 for the first 50 buyers.

eCapture | www.ecapturecamera.com

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Small 3D Stereo Depth Sensing Camera for Robotics

by Circuit Cellar Staff time to read: 2 min