Basler Launches Next Generation of its Time-of-Flight Camera for Precise 3D Imaging

The Basler blaze includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface and Sony DepthSense sensor technology. Image: Basler

August 20, 2019      

Basler AG launched the second generation of its 3D camera portfolio, the Basler blaze, aimed at uses in industrial environments, robotics, logistics, and medical spaces. The Basler blaze time-of-flight camera includes a Gigabit Ethernet interface, VGA resolution and the latest Sony DepthSense™ sensor technology, making it ideal for measuring the location, position, and volume of objects and detecting obstacles.

Typical application areas for the Basler blaze camera include industrial automation, logistics and medicine as well as many areas of the “Smart Factory.” Thanks to its compact design, it is more robust and less susceptible to errors for applications in the fields of freight dimensioning, palletizing, in autonomous vehicles and robots, or in item counting. In the medical field, the Basler blaze can help with patient positioning for radiological exams.

Precision scanning of reflected light

basler blaze artworkThe integrated Sony DepthSense™ IMX556PLR-C sensor with CAPD (Current Assisted Photonic Demodulator) pixel structure, together with the back-illuminated CMOS sensor architecture, enables a much more precise and sensitive scanning of reflected light. This enables the Basler blaze 3D camera, independent of light and contrast and with a resolution of 640 pixels x 480 pixels, to measure optical values almost to the millimeter over a large measuring range of up to ten meters, in which two Euro pallets or a small car can fit, for example.

With its integrated lens and invisible infrared illumination, the blaze is a compact, IP67-protected unit without moving components. Its low overall weight makes it ideal for mounting on robot arms, for example. Through its Gigabit Ethernet data interface and platform-independent programming interface, the camera is particularly easy to integrate and can be operated in multi-camera systems without mutual interference thanks to an intelligent process.

The first design-in samples of the Basler blaze 3D camera will be available in September 2019; series production is scheduled for the end of this year. For more information, please visit the Basler blaze website.