Friday, August 14, 2015

BASF Spins Off its 3D Sensor Project into a Separate Company

BASF spins off its chemical 3D sensor project into a separate company named trinamiX. The new company has its web site under construction and only says "trinamiX is located in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and a newly founded 100% subisidiary of BASF SE, the leading chemical company. As a pioneer, we are developing the most versatile sensor system in adaptive 3D measurement technology: XperYenZ."

The company registration documents state that the purpose of the company is, in Google translation, "The development and marketing of sensor technology based on organic photosensitive dyes and the production and sales of optical sensors based on this technology."

trinamiX trademark registration says that it's intended for "Photographic, cinematographic and optical apparatuses and instruments; apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of images."

The one and only picture on trinamiX web site suggests the 3D photography intentions of the new company:


  1. I still have no idea how the BASF 3D sensor works, anyone give a hint?

  2. The effect is described in patent WO 2012110924 A1

  3. my understanding of the principle:
    * put a strong "dot-alike" beam of light onto a surface
    * catch the reflections with a simple lens in front of such a sensor
    * due to intended non-sharpness conditions the diameter of the circle of light will resemble a measure for the distance
    * on the surface the plumb chemicals will transform the light circle into a variable electric conduction value that can be electrically measured at e.g. a 0,3-1kHz read rate
    Note: the electric resistance provides one of the largest existing and measurable scales found in physics.


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