The Basler time-of-flight (ToF) camera delivers 2D and 3D images at 15 frames per second. With VGA resolution, it has a working range of 0 to 13 meters. Accuracy is +/- 1 centimeter at distances up to 5.8 meters. (See the Resources document for details.)
This time-of-flight camera uses pulsed light from infrared LEDs to illuminate a target. These light pulses are reflected by the target and registered by the sensor. The sensor then converts the electrical charge created by the light energy in the sensor’s pixels into distance information.
The camera can generate a calibrated range image in Mono16, RGB8, or Coord3D_ABC32f format. Use the camera's intensity image (Mono16) to check the exposure time. And use the camera's confidence map (Mono16) to verify data integrity. Automatic exposure control is available.
A special version of Pylon software enables configuring the camera and viewing images. The images can be saved in TIFF, Bitmap, JPEG and PNG formats. The 3-D point cloud is saved as a PLY polygon file. A separate window can display the point cloud.
Suggested applications include shape and volume measurement, carton stacking, object location, and autonomous vehicle crash avoidance.