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Stereo 3D Camera captures unstructured surfaces.

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March 18, 2013 - Based on projected texture stereo vision procedure, Ensenso N10 is fitted with 2 global shutter CMOS sensors and pattern projector, which projects random dot pattern onto object to be captured. Unit offers working distances of 280–1,400 mm and can capture both static and moving objects at up to 30 fps. Housed in 150 x 45 x 45 mm aluminum package, camera features USB interface and lockable 3-pin M8 sensor/actuator connector with GPIOs for 12-24 V hardware trigger input and output.

Multipix Imaging Ltd.

1 Ridgeway Office Park, Bedford Road, United Kingdom

Original Press Release

Stereo 3D Camera Sees all with 'Projected Texture Stereo Vision'

Press release date: March 11, 2013

Multipix Imaging introduce the innovative and compact Ensenso N10 stereo 3D camera with USB interface. The camera works according to a new procedure called “projected texture stereo vision” and is fitted with two global shutter CMOS sensors and a pattern projector, which projects a random dot pattern onto the object to be captured. The key advantage of the pattern is that it also works in multi-camera operation and is ideal for capturing unstructured surfaces. As the Ensenso N10 is factory calibrated, installation of the camera for 3D surface matching using the MVTec Halcon interface takes less than ten minutes out of the box. Using the free software interface supplied, you can also integrate the camera easily into your own application programs.

When working with multiple cameras, the software package also enables you to output a single 3D point cloud containing the data of all the cameras used. Using multiple cameras at the same time enables you to capture a scene synchronously from different sides, thus reducing shadowing effects and extending the field of view. The Ensenso N10 stereo 3D camera is designed for working distances of 280 mm to 1400 mm and for variable fields of view. Unlike other 3D recording procedures, the camera can capture both static and moving objects at up to 30 frames per second.

Using the projected texture stereo vision procedure, the projector projects a static, high-contrast texture onto the scene and adds structures that are not visible or are only faintly visible on the object. Combined with the new “semi-global matching” image comparison algorithm, the Ensenso N10 captures nearly all surfaces within the field of vision. The system works with pulsed infrared light and is highly resistant to external light influences.

The sturdy aluminium housing measures a mere 150 x 45 x 45 mm. The suitability of the camera for industrial applications is underlined by a lockable 3-pin M8 sensor/actuator connector with GPIOs for 12-24 V hardware trigger input and output as well as a lockable USB cable. The Ensenso N10 3D camera is suitable for a wide range of applications. However, applications in the areas of medical engineering, robotics and gripping technology, logistics, completeness checking, rapid volume measurement, as well as measurement technology and safety engineering benefit particularly from the innovative camera. With a refresh rate of 30 frames per second, the Ensenso N10 can be used completely in-line and is therefore ideal for use in 100% inspections.

The NxLib SDK which comes with the Ensenso includes an MVTec HALCON interface which allows the camera data to be grabbing easily into HALCON for further 3D analysis.

Like to learn more about this ground breaking camera?  Contact Multipix Imaging for a demonstration.

Lynne Potter
Marketing and Communications
Multipix Imaging Ltd
Enterprise House
1 Ridgeway Office Park
Bedford Road
Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 3QF
Tel 0044 (0)1730 233332
Fax 0044 (0)1730 231062 
Lynne@multipix.com  
www.multipix.com

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