3D depth-sensing cameras (also called Time of Flight cameras) are pivotal in the advancement of AI, with applications ranging from motion control sensing, to self-driving cars, to object avoidance in drones. Now Orbbec, an industry leader dedicated to 3D vision systems, has announced a trio of new 3D camera products developed in partnership with Microsoft.
First is the Femto Bolt, a compact RGB-D camera with HDR capability for RGB and advanced sync trigger support. Depth compute is performed on host computer via the camera's USB-C connection which provides power and transfers data. The Femto Bolt is expected to be available in October.
The second camera in Orbbec's new range is the Femto Mega. Announced in January and currently in production, it is the industry’s highest resolution smart camera. It uses a built-in NVidia Jetson Nano to run its advanced depth vision algorithms to convert raw data to precise depth images, thereby eliminating the need for a separate computer. It also adds Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity for both data and power, making the camera ideally suited in environments where the camera has to be placed away from the processing computer, or in multi-camera setups.
Finally, there’s the Femto Mega I. Currently shipping, this ruggedized intelligent 3D camera boasts an IP65 ingress protection rating, making it suitable for use in industrial settings like warehouses, manufacturing, and other harsh environments.
All three cameras use a 1 megapixel depth camera, based on Microsoft’s iTOF technology used in Azure Kinect Dev Kit and Hololens 2. This enables a wide field of view and high accuracy across a broad range. Also incorporated into each Femto device is a high-performance 4K RGB camera, and a 6DOF IMU for orientation. A sync control hub enables easy connection for multi-camera and multi-sensor networks. The camera's software development kit enables easy setup and registration, while the application programming interface allows integration with various applications.
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