3D Vision With a Single Smart Camera

Facilitating the measurement of height, volume, shape and profile is extremely difficult through three distinct segments of the vision system. Each element of the vision system must specifically constructed to increase speed, efficiency, and compatibility while decreasing size, and power consumption.

Single camera 3D systems are a powerful tool in today’s competitive vision market. But how do they work?

Capture: Illumination & capture

A combination of specially made optics and light sources input a multiple illumination color sequence to a monochrome sensor, synchronized with the image capture.

Inspect: Image processing

Utilizing an embedded smart USB2.0 camera to manage and process the alternating images flow. The captured data is pre processed in the embedded DSP, saving time and resources from the Host processor and either the raw data is transferred, or a processed 3D.

Grade: Image Generation

After the camera triggered illumination sequence, the vision system outputs the gathered live video by interchanging the images according to their placement and time. This video is then displayed using a 3D monitor, which is capable of page flip mode, or just with simple 3D red/blue glasses, and is perceived as a viable 3D object.

Single vision system widens potential vision applications:

Providing a 3rd dimension adds height and shape to industrial data, improving the overall capabilities of industrial vision systems. As a result, many market-leading in-line inspection machines use 3D vision.

The features and flexibility of a single cameras solution enable the use of 3D technology for medical and industrial applications never endeavored because of size and capability restraints. Single vision systems represents a new stage in 3D vision development that will make cameras more available to the ever expanding number of vision applications.