Lidar Scanning Camera Provides High Resolution Point Cloud

Intel has announced the its RealSense™ lidar camera L515, the world’s smallest and most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar that captures millions of depth points per second. Designed with proprietary technology that creates entirely new ways to incorporate lidar into smart devices to perceive the world in 3D, the L515 provides high-quality performance and millimeter accuracy to products that require vision capabilities.

Intel RealSense technology depth experts have developed a revolutionary solid-state lidar for a new family of high-quality depth cameras. The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515’s is a ‘hockey puck’ size device offering unparalleled depth quality and low power consumption, combined with its ability to generate 23 million accurate depth points per second, makes it perfect for a wide variety of applications including 3D scanning and robotics. It weighs about 3.5 ounces and is designed to be situated on any device or attached via mounting points to a tablet or phone for use in handheld scanning or volumetric measurement applications. The  is capable of scanning a scene and creating a point cloud with millions of depth points a second.

The logistics industry represents one potential market that can benefit from the L515’s high resolution and full scene perception. Companies looking for inventory management automation will benefit from precise volumetric measurement of products, enabling an accurate state of inventory at all times.

Light detection and ranging (lidar) is a remote-sensing technology that measures the distance to objects and targets using a combination of laser light and receivers. The difference with Intel RealSense lidar technology is that it uses an advanced, miniaturized micro-electro-mechanical system mirror to scan the scene. This method enables the reduction of the laser pulse power, achieving the world’s smallest, most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar.

With regards to accuracy and depth edge fidelity, the L515 provides consistently high accuracy over the supported range of 0.25m – 9m. It also provides over 23 million accurate depth pixels per second, with a depth resolution of 1024 x 768 at 30 frames per second. The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 has an internal vision processor, motion blur artifact reduction and short photon-to-depth latency. The lightweight L515 consumes less than 3.5 watts of power, enabling easy mounting on handheld devices with the flexibility of long battery life. L515 retains its depth accuracy throughout its lifespan without the need for calibration. The camera also features an accelerometer, gyroscope and FHD RGB video camera. and uses the open source Intel RealSense SDK 2.0.

The Intel RealSense Lidar L515 is available to pre-order for $349 with shipping scheduled at the end of April 2020.

For more information: