Bluetechnix releases 160 fps ToF-3D-Camera
February 6, 2013
Bluetechnix extends its Argos Smart Camera Edition by the new Argos3D-P100, a high-speed time-of-flight (ToF) camera.
Equipped with a PMD 'PhotonICs 19k-S3' 3D chip, the 'P100' cam obtains a speed of up to 160 frames per second, making it
the fastest ToF camera available. The high-speed recording allows precise recording of fast motion like e.g. golf swing analysis,
rotor gyration or fast gestures.
Compact form and 3D image capturing
Providing a resolution of 160 x 120 pixels in a 90° FoV (Field of View), the P100 has been developed for a close-up
range of 3 meters, but will also supply higher range performance with good conditions. Compact measures of 75 x 57 x 26 mm
allow space-saving integration into various devices.
Using active high-speed IR illumination at a spectrum of 850 nm, the camera is independent of light conditions,
whereby it provides excellent performance whether in complete darkness or ambient light, and is suited for both indoor
and outdoor use. The infrared LED illumination enables the sensor to capture 3D depth information and a 2D gray-scale image
simultaneously, recording exact distance and luminosity of every single pixel.
The prepared meta data is captured via USB 2.0 and therefore can be flexibly used in PC applications, which enables an easy
integration of the P100 in existing systems. External IR light sources can be attached by an External Sync Interface in order
to extend the range of the P100. Additionally, the Smart Cam can be triggered externally.
Best for gesture recognition and robotics
The P100 package contains a software development kit for Linux and Windows, which enables a wide range of applications at
robotics and obstacle detection. The high-accuracy high-speed system is ideal for passenger or customer counting even in
crowded areas, for automatic object recognition and counting. Medical and security applications profit of the high frame rate,
which minimizes motion artifacts caused by fast moving objects. The ToF camera can record the blink of an eye at all light
conditions to total darkness and guarantees a clear distinction between shadows or reflections and real objects.
Integration into existing security and point of sales applications is facilitated by a compact and neutral design.
The unobtrusive camera can therefore be discretely installed in highly frequented places as well as save guarded buildings.
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