IDS presents the versatile and compact Ensenso stereo 3D camera
3D vision made easy
Ensenso stereo 3D camera
Credit: © 2012 IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH
October 22, 2012
(PresseBox) Obersulm, 22.10.2012 , IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, the market leader for USB industrial
cameras, introduces the innovative and compact Ensenso N10 stereo 3D camera with USB interface at the VISION 2012 exhibition in
Stuttgart, Germany. The camera works according to a new procedure called “projected texture stereo vision” and is fitted with two
global shutter CMOS sensors and a pattern projector, which projects a random dot pattern onto the object to be captured. The key
advantage of the pattern is that it also works in multi-camera operation and is ideal for capturing unstructured surfaces.
As the Ensenso N10 is factory calibrated, installation of the camera for 3D surface matching using the MVTec Halcon interface
takes less than ten minutes out of the box. Using the free software interface supplied, you can also integrate the camera easily
into your own application programs.
When working with multiple cameras, the software package also enables you to output a single 3D point cloud containing the data
of all the cameras used. Using multiple cameras at the same time enables you to capture a scene synchronously from different sides,
thus reducing shadowing effects and extending the field of view. The Ensenso N10 stereo 3D camera is designed for working distances
of 300 mm to 1400 mm and for variable fields of view. Unlike other 3D recording procedures, the camera can capture both static and
moving objects at up to 30 frames per second.
Using the projected texture stereo vision procedure, the projector projects a static, high-contrast texture onto the scene and
adds structures that are not visible or are only faintly visible on the object. Combined with the new “semi-global matching”
image comparison algorithm, the Ensenso N10 captures nearly all surfaces within the field of vision. The system works with pulsed
infrared light and is highly resistant to external light influences.
The sturdy aluminium housing measures a mere 150 x 45 x 45 mm. The suitability of the camera for industrial applications is
underlined by a lockable 3-pin M8 Pluscon connector with GPIOs for 12-24 V hardware trigger input and output as well as a lockable
USB cable. The Ensenso N10 3D camera is suitable for a wide range of applications. However, applications in the areas of medical
engineering, robotics and gripping technology, logistics, completeness checking, rapid volume measurement, as well as measurement
technology and safety engineering benefit particularly from the innovative camera. With a refresh rate of 30 frames per second,
the Ensenso N10 can be used completely in-line and is therefore ideal for use in 100% inspections.
The comprehensive software package, which is included free of charge, has an MVTec HALCON interface and an object-oriented
API (C++), thus allowing optimum integration into existing systems.
The Ensenso N10 is available exclusively from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. More detailed information is available at
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