Leopard Imaging and eYs3D Jointly Develop First GMSL & GMSL2 3D Depth Cameras

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

August 09, 2021


Leopard Imaging and eYs3D Jointly Develop First GMSL & GMSL2 3D Depth Cameras

Leopard Imaging Inc. and eYs3D are jointly developing the first GMSL & GMSL2 3D depth cameras. These cameras are well suited for autonomous mobile operation, enabling them to provide visual data across large areas including outdoor environments and manufacturing floors.

These are SerDes (Serializer/Deserializer) cameras that carry high-speed video, bidirectional control data, and power over a single coaxial cable, and can be used for longer distances. They are IP67-certified cameras compatible with embedded platforms such as the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier developer kit. 

In addition, Leopard Imaging is rolling out three new stereo depth cameras based on 3D vision technology from eYs3D. The high-precision stereo depth cameras offer a range of ready-to-use wide field-of-view (FoV) features that are designed to offer the ability to see more objects and provide higher resolution. Leopard Imaging's full integration services are designed to help customers incorporate this camera into autonomous mobile robots, AIoT, AGV (automatic guided vehicles), and other computer vision projects. 

With eYs3D stereo depth sensing technology, the cameras incorporate dual RGB sensors for various resolutions of RGB and depth map output at USB, making the products ideal for development and production of 3D sensing and capture products. 

The three cameras, which can be ordered from Leopard Imaging, include: 

  • LI-HD-3D-115H -- a high-definition stereo depth camera with 100-degree FoV for SLAM and wide-angle depth capture. The camera includes 2 RGB sensor pairs for various resolutions of stereo RGB and depth map output at USB. Global shutter sensor and wide-angle setting makes the product ideal for Robot, AGV/AMR, and last-mile delivery package sorting, as well as fast motion depth capturing development. 
  • LI-HD-3D-056H -- a high-definition stereo depth camera with 50-degree FoV. This offers high accuracy of depth data creation at optimal range and is ideal for object and scene understanding in the field of AIoT, smart entry control systems, and industrial robotics camera systems. 
  • LI-VGA-3D-63H -- a cost-effective entry level stereo depth camera with lower resolution and a 60-degree depth FoV setting. The light-weight compact design is suitable for mobile and wearable device depth sensing, facial recognition, nursing home fall detection, and smart gate control applications. 

According to Markets & Markets, the overall depth sensing camera market is expected to grow from $1.28 Billion in 2017 to $7.72 Billion in 2023, a 6x increase. The momentum is forecast to be driven in part by stereoscopic vision in automotive and industrial applications. 

For digital signage applications in public venues and malls the cameras output RGB and depth data, enabling solutions that count and identify people, including the use of 3D facial recognition with anti-spoofing built into a touchless kiosk system. For robotics & AGV applications, the cameras can empower VSLAM position estimation for a cleaning robot, for example, with self-localization, route mapping, and navigation capabilities. 

This camera kit uses eYs3D's high-performance Image Signal Processor (ISP) & depth engine IC with Leopard Imaging's industrial OEM/ODM engineering craftsmanship to enable synchronized HD streaming of RGB images and depth map frames at 60 fps simultaneously. Leopard Imaging's 3D Depth cameras include an SDK supporting Windows, Linux, and Android OS. Different programming languages and wrapper APIs are also available upon request. 

The three USB output depth cameras can be ordered directly from Leopard Imaging's website HERE

For more information, please visit: www.leopardimaging.com 

For more information about eYs3D, visit their website.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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