The IRS2877C time-of-flight 3D image sensor developed by Infineon and PMD Technologies has been designed into the Magic Leap 2, an augmented reality headset from Magic Leap Inc. (Plantation, Florida).
The Magic Leap 2 is expected to be launched later this year for immersive enterprise applications.
The Real3 (or IRS2xxxC) enables a camera module for integration in smartphones with a footprint of less than 12mm by 8mm, including the receiving optics and VCSEL illumination (see Infineon, PMD offer 3D image sensor for face recognition). It has VGA resolution and creates an accurate 3D mapping of the environment as well as 3D image of faces, hand details, or objects in real-time. This helps to enable environmental interaction with the Magic Leap 2. In addition, the sensor enables enhanced gesture controls on Magic Leap 2.
“We have introduced our 3D imager technology in a professional environment, where precision and reliability are life-saving features,” said Andreas Urschitz, president of power and sensor systems and designated CMO at Infineon, in a statement. “The latest 3D time-of-flight technology is going to enable new augmented and mixed reality applications for healthcare and industry. It’s about to change the way we live and work fundamentally.”
“Our technology helps Magic Leap 2 to detect precisely to the millimeter the location of objects in a physical environment. Virtual objects can be placed in the real world, and stay in place when the user walks around a room and would be obscured, as other real objects appear in front of them,” said Bernd Buxbaum, CEO of PMD, in the same statement. “It also works reliably in bright sunlight or complete darkness, where other depth-sensing solutions quickly reach their limits.”
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