Robotics

Belago 1.1 lights way for Luxonis’ 3D vision system

31st January 2022
Beatrice O'Flaherty

ams OSRAM, a global provider of optical solutions, has announced a new partnership with Luxonis, a developer of embedded artificial intelligence and computer vision technology. Luxonis provides 3D solutions for automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), robots, drones and more that help create high-quality 3D maps for applications such as object detection and obstacle avoidance.

A key component of these solutions are infrared light sources, such as ams OSRAM's Belago 1.1 Dot Projector. The Belago 1.1 combines an infrared VCSEL chip with special optics and a robust package that is ideally suited for Active Stereo Vision (ASV).

With ASV, two infrared cameras read the pattern Belago 1.1 projects on a defined field-of-view. By comparing the images of both cameras, depth is calculated, and a 3D map is created.

Obstacles are detected on the 3D map prompting the robot to take action, such as stopping or going around the obstacle. Luxonis chose ams OSRAM’s Belago 1.1 for its recent OAK-D Pro spatial AI camera.

The OAK-D Pro provides fast and accurate object detection through AI. Its open-source software allows for fast and flexible integration into a wide variety of application environments. Stereo cameras, featuring the Belago 1.1 Dot Projector, offer accurate depth perception for any scene and lighting condition for object tracking in real-time. “Active Stereo is incredibly powerful and useful in robotics – but it was a missing piece in the OAK ecosystem until now – primarily because we wanted a solution with rock-solid eye safety.

Given the open nature of our ecosystem, it was pivotal that we be eye safe. We were ecstatic when we found Belago 1.1 because its architecture allows simple and robust eye-safety, which enables Luxonis and our customers to autonomously integrate active stereo depth safely and confidently, unlocking untold applicability,” said Brandon Gilles, CEO at Luxonis.

With ASV, two infrared cameras read the pattern Belago 1.1 projects on a defined field-of-view. By comparing the images of both cameras, depth is calculated, and a 3D map is created.

Obstacles are detected on the 3D map prompting the robot to take action, such as stopping or going around the obstacle. Luxonis chose ams OSRAM’s Belago 1.1 for its recent OAK-D Pro spatial AI camera. The OAK-D Pro provides fast and accurate object detection through AI.

Its open-source software allows for fast and flexible integration into a wide variety of application environments. Stereo cameras, featuring the Belago 1.1 Dot Projector, offer accurate depth perception for any scene and lighting condition for object tracking in real-time. “Active Stereo is incredibly powerful and useful in robotics – but it was a missing piece in the OAK ecosystem until now – primarily because we wanted a solution with rock-solid eye safety.

Given the open nature of our ecosystem, it was pivotal that we be eye safe. We were ecstatic when we found Belago 1.1 because its architecture allows simple and robust eye-safety, which enables Luxonis and our customers to autonomously integrate active stereo depth safely and confidently, unlocking untold applicability,” said Brandon Gilles, CEO at Luxonis

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