Intel lidar camera brings high-res 3D vision to new markets

December 12, 2019 //By Rich Pell
Intel lidar camera technology 'redefines' computer vision
Intel has announced what it says is the world’s smallest and most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar camera that captures millions of depth points per second, providing high-quality performance and millimeter accuracy to products that require vision capabilities.

The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 , says the company, is designed with proprietary technology that creates entirely new ways to incorporate lidar into smart devices to perceive the world in 3D.

"Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people’s lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D," says Sagi BenMoshe, corporate vice president, Intel RealSense Group. "With the L515 depth camera, we are excited to bring high-resolution lidar performance to markets previously inaccessible to this technology."

The L515 solid-state LiDAR depth camera uses a proprietary MEMS mirror scanning technology, enabling better laser power efficiency compared to other time-of-flight technologies. With less than 3.5 W power consumption for depth streaming, says the company, it is the world’s most power efficient high-resolution LiDAR camera, enabling easy mounting on handheld devices with the flexibility of long battery life.

The camera's "unparalleled" depth quality and low power consumption, combined with its ability to generate 23 million accurate depth points per second, makes it perfect for a wide variety of applications, says the company. These include inventory management automation, which will benefit from precise volumetric measurement of products, as well as 3D scanning, healthcare, retail, robotics, and more.

The L515 provides a consistently high accuracy over the supported range of 0.25 m to 9 m and provides over 23 million accurate depth pixels per second, with a depth resolution of 1024 x 768 at 30 frames per second, and retains its depth accuracy throughout its lifespan without the need for calibration. It has an internal vision processor, motion blur artifact reduction, and short photon-to-depth latency.

The camera also features an accelerometer, gyroscope, and FHD RGB video camera. It uses the same open source Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 as the entire portfolio of Intel RealSense devices. The L515 is priced at $349 and available for pre-order now.

Intel RealSense

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