Basler has unveiled a new time-of-flight camera, further bolstering its 3D portfolio. The 850 nm blaze Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera offers improved stray light robustness for indoor applications and delivers precise, high-resolution 3D data in real time.
The new model in Basler’s blaze ToF camera family combines high precision, low power consumption, and low heat generation with proven blaze features. Both its compact IP67 housing and near-infrared operation at 850 nm make it particularly suitable for indoor applications in logistics and factory automation. With its large 67° x 51° field of view and a working distance ranging from 0.3 to 10 meters, the camera can capture depth data of large objects and entire scenes at once.
As with the blaze 940 nm camera variant, the new 850 nm model’s Sony IMX556-DepthSense™ sensor provides precise 2D and 3D data in one shot, consisting of distance, intensity, and confidence maps. The light source (VCSEL diodes) and lens are already integrated in the new variant, enabling precise 3D measurements based on the time-of-flight method.
Powerful blaze features for optimal 3D images
The new variant also includes the blaze ToF series feature package. Thanks to Dual Exposure HDR (for scenes with large differences in brightness) and Hardware Trigger, the cameras deliver precisely synchronized images in VGA resolution. All blaze camera models feature new bandwidth control and latency reduction, allowing for optimal GigE load management and improved real-time capability. The distinguished pylon Camera Software Suite enables the usual easy setup and provides full 3D functionality.
Comprehensive portfolio for 3D imaging
In addition to two wavelength variants (850 nm and 940 nm), Basler’s 3D product portfolio also includes an RGB solution for 3D imaging in true colour. This solution combines the spatial depth data from the blaze ToF camera with RGB data from a color camera, such as the Basler ace 2. The result is a coloured 3D point cloud in which each 3D point is assigned a colour value, especially useful to perform classifications additionally based on object colour, or to simplify scene understanding.
Basler’s stereo camera series completes the 3D range with two models designed specifically for image-guided robotics.
“This diverse range of 3D hardware and software, as well as the application software modules optimized for vision tasks in robotics, logistics, and factory automation, allows us to offer customers a wide selection of 3D vision solutions to meet their individual requirements,” emphasised Dr. Sebastian Sauppe, Product Market Manager responsible for the Basler 3D portfolio.
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