Business Wire: Panasonic announced the release of its new time-of-flight 3D image sensor, the D-IMager. The sensor is aimed at various gesture control applications, such as out-of-home entertainment, immersive multi-media, interactive digital signage and video arcade games. Panasonic has a web site devoted to the new D-IMager, including a video with many ideas for 3D sensor applications.
One thing I like about D-Imager is that Panasonic is quite open in publishing its spec. The sensor is capable of resolving 160x120 pixels at 20 fps (standard mode) or 30 fps (optional) and is available with a USB2.0 interface. Its viewing angle is 60deg horizontally and 44deg vertically. Its range is from 1.2m to 9m. The sensor is said to be able to work in wide range of lighting conditions, including outdoor at less than 20,000Lux. The depth resolution is from 3cm (max) at 0Lux illumination to 14cm at 20,000Lux. The power is supplied from 18V DC supply with 0.4A avarage current consumption.
The sensor's design is intended to blend with TV displays: