Friday, January 06, 2017

Heptagon Expands its 3D Vision Platforms, Introduces Compact Spectrometer

BusinessWire: Heptagon announced the BELICE, a stereoscopy illumination platform including a suite of advanced algorithms and software solutions for cost-efficient 3D vision. The proprietary infrared dot pattern reduces the computational complexity compared to passive stereoscopy. This extends battery life in mobile applications and increases refresh frequencies. The solution is said to deliver a high-quality 3D vision at competitive price points, enabling 3D vision in new applications. The platform can be optimized according to cost, resolution, field-of-illumination, power, and frequency, depending on specific application needs.

One of the main challenges in infrared-based image systems is interference by other systems (e.g., other 3D vision systems, security cameras). The BELICE proprietary pattern solves this issue without needing to enable communications between the systems. In addition, the pattern allows fast identification of outdoor issues through a simple Fast Fourier Transform, enabling adaptive stereo where the stereoscopy system incrementally moves from active to passive stereo for outdoor performance.

We are delighted to introduce the new BELICE platform,” says Matthias Gloor, GM of the Illumination Business Unit. “The defocus-free dot pattern is generated by Heptagon’s wafer-level integration with proprietary replicated optics, and with its high density of dots, BELICE delivers superior performance.


BusinessWire: Heptagon also announces the Smart Handheld Spectrometer solution, the first in Heptagon’s family of Smart Spectral Solutions targeting both demanding industrial uses as well as consumer applications.

We have identified spectrometry as a new technology that may eventually enable a new wave of innovation in mobile phones. This handheld spectrometer is the precursor to a highly miniaturized consumer model currently under development,” says Peter Roentgen, Manager of Advanced Research at Heptagon.

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