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Are there consumer products using Time of Flight ranging camera technology?

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There was some years ago announcements of new developments in cameras that were able to record the intensity and time lag of light that they detected to be able to view the range topology and reflectance of a target.

Does anyone know if such camera technology has been commercialised yet?

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There are a couple of cameras that use either LED or Lasers to flash the object and then build a 3d scan of the object from the return.

Both of them have a rather limited range(under 10 meters) and it looks like this technology is mostly used in robotics or surveillance.

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KalleMP‭ wrote over 3 years ago · edited over 3 years ago

The first is a single pixel range finder that seems rather nice but not applicable a bit expensive for what you get but the system is configurable so that can be forgiven I suppose.

The second unit is a 2D depth ranging system but is using a more conventional scanning laser but would provide the specified output for most applications. It also includes a vision sensor so can give a grey map and a depth map of the scene, a interesting product and at a reasonable price point.

KalleMP‭ wrote over 3 years ago

It will serve for the air-keyboard use case I mention in earlier comment but not for another fringe application that needs a 2D sensor system. I envisaged a sensor that would be able to detect the distance from hundreds of objects that are sensed at the other end of a optical fibre bundle. Basically a distributed proximity sensing system that could be implemented in a glove or robot end effector to give it situational awareness and perhaps even pre-haptic feedback.