Blaize teams for 3D stereo camera edge AI

June 28, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Blaize teams for 3D stereo camera edge AI
AI chip designer Blaize has teamed up with eYs3D Microelectronics in Taiwan for a reference design aimed at 3D computer vision for edge AI.

The design uses the Blaize Pathfinder P1600 system on a module (SoM) above combined with eYs3D Depth Camera range of 3D cameras. The cameras have stereo vision capabilities that deliver millimeter-level accuracy of depth at optimal range and are used for indoor and outdoor AI-based autonomous operation, including robotics, security, touchless control, autonomous vehicles and smart retail.

As an example, these advanced capabilities eliminate the use of Lidar implementations for robotics and other services.

“The Blaize and eYs3D collaboration showcases the power of the Blaize fully programmable GSP architecture and software productivity suite to process both RGB camera data and depth data in a highly efficient manner to provide both high accuracy and high performance for 3D sensor fusion applications at the edge.” said Rajesh Anantharaman, Sr. Director Products at Blaize. “The Blaize and eYs3D integration enables faster time-to-market for systems incorporating visual simultaneous location and mapping (VSLAM), facial feature depth recognition, and gesture-based commands.”

The reference design takes advantage of the Blaize Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture to provide better depth and distance sensing via the camera’s 3D sensor application that includes a sensor fusion function enabling a combination of two sets of data – RGB camera data and Depth data.

The Blaize P1600 can convert the depth camera’s USB output to high-speed Ethernet connectivity, for enhanced video processing. Software development kits for the reference design will accommodate a wide range of operating systems, programming languages and development tools.

“We are excited to partner with Blaize to bring advanced computer vision capability to market, such as filtering, depth-sensing fusion, real-time 3D point cloud compression and streaming, that further enhance edge AI capability,” said James Wang, eYs3D’s Chief Strategy Officer. "Depth-sensing technology has been widely adopted commercially in consumer and industrial applications in the last few years. eYs3D is a leader in 3D-stereo vision and its technology has already been used in popular VR headsets, robot arm visual systems and facial recognition kiosks. We are now seeing growing applications in robotics, 3D scene learning, drones, smart retail and other markets.”

The Blaize AI Software Suite comprised of Blaize Picasso and AI Studio lead the industry with open standards and ease of accessibility reducing the time to get edge applications into production from months to days.;

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