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Light, Tiny Image Sensor for VR Headsets

Tiny Image Sensor for VR Headsets

AMS has announced the pre-release of what it claims is one of the industry’s smallest, lightest 100k pixel image sensor to provide a digital video output suitable for use in mobile or wearable consumer devices like virtual reality (VR) headsets. Enabling all types of visual sensing, it is GDPR compliant, connects flexibly to interfaces, and is affordable for single-use applications in consumer electronics.

The new NanEyeC image sensor is supplied as a lensed, chip-scale module which has a footprint of 1mm2  and weighs about 1g. Combining a wide-angle view with a good depth of focus, the NanEyeC offers the speed and picture quality needed for an emerging set of video applications where the camera must be virtually invisible to the end user, or be accommodated in a very small space.

Such applications include:

  • Eye tracking in VR or augmented reality (AR) headsets or frames
  • People detection and counting in building automation systems such as smart lighting and air conditioning
  • Object detection and avoidance in robotic equipment such as autonomous vacuum clean-ers or the smallest of drones
  • Toys and model trains for an immersive experience
  • Capsule endoscopy or dental imaging tools

The NanEyeC camera is a full-featured image sensor supplied as a 1mm x 1mm lensed surface-mount module. It provides digital image data at a maximum resolution of 320px x 320px, and when in Single Ended Interface Mode (SEIM) can achieve a maximum speed of 58 frames/s.

The sensor’s digital LVDS or SEIM interfaces make it simple to connect it to any host microcontroller or applications processor. The sensor also has an idle mode for reduced power consumption.

The NanEyeC image sensor is available for sampling, in addition an evaluation kit can be ordered.

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Light, Tiny Image Sensor for VR Headsets

by Circuit Cellar Staff time to read: 1 min