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MotionCam-3D Color Camera Captures Dynamic Scenes

Photoneo, a leading provider of machine vision and smart automation, has introduced a new version of its flagship 3D camera MotionCam-3D. The new MotionCam-3D Color brings a game-changing combination of highly accurate 3D data, the ability to scan in motion, and now adding color. This technology opens a lot of new possibilities for advanced automation including digital twinning, VR, AR, AI, or the Metaverse.

Few features have been so much missed in the sector of industrial 3D vision and vision-guided robotics as the ability to capture dynamic scenes and create their colorful 3D point clouds in real-time and perfect quality. High-quality data consisting of depth information, color, and motion is critical for successful AI implementations and enables demanding robotic decision-making applications as well as new megatrends such as virtual and augmented reality, the Metaverse, or digital twinning.

“We believe that a perfect vision system needs to have 3 core properties,” says Marcel Svec, VP of Strategy and Product at Photoneo. “First, it must provide high-quality 3D data, which is important for the recognition of an object’s position and orientation in 3D space. Second, the vision system should be able to work in a dynamic environment and provide a continuous stream of 3D point clouds without making any pauses for scan acquisition. Third, the vision system should be able to capture color information and match it with the 3D output. This is a crucial feature for AI-based machine vision algorithms.” 

These three core properties on their own are not unique in the world of 3D vision – however, if you combine them in one single device, users obtain something special.

MotionCam-3D parallel structured light brings the state-of-the-art quality and resolution of structured light scanning into the 3D reconstruction of highly dynamic scenes. This novel patented technology uses a clever sensor design which performs the acquisition in one snapshot as opposed to the sequential scanning of a standard image sensor meaning that the parallel structured light method practically freezes the 3D scene in time.

Typical MotionCam-3D scan in motion applications

Svec continues: “We are seeing a huge boom in vision-guided robotics as more and more industries are turning to automation via advanced 3D sensors. The color feature was a missing puzzle piece in our complex technological portfolio. With this new device, we are offering a chance to explore and discover new opportunities for the improvement of existing processes, not only in heavy industries but literally everywhere. You want to scan dynamic scenes in high quality? You can; You want to determine the ripeness of fruit? Also possible; You’re interested in picking and sorting color coded boxes? Sure, no problem. And this is just a tiny fraction of everything that you can achieve with our 3D vision.”

MotionCam-3D Color is powered by Photoneo’s patented Parallel Structured Light technology. Thanks to a special, proprietary CMOS image sensor, the technology enables high-quality 3D scanning of dynamic scenes without motion artifacts.

The distinctive properties of MotionCam-3D Color revolutionize 3D vision and open up completely new automation possibilities for any type of project. The new application areas include demanding AI-powered decision-making applications that are based on advanced recognition and inspection of objects as well as new visualization applications that require the creation of 3D models, such as digital twinning or the Metaverse.

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