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The New BASF 3D Sensor Technology - From Distance Measurements to 3D Position Detection and Imaging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234735D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-31
Document File: 3 page(s) / 95K

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Abstract

In 2011, BASF scientists invented a new technology with the potential to impact markets as diverse as consumer electronics, automotives, medical applications, and the security industry. At the heart of this technology is a new physical effect1, enabled by chemistry developed within BASF. Through a novel distance measurement technique, 3D position detection and 3D imaging can be performed as never before.

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The New BASF 3D Sensor

Technology

From Distance Measurements to 3D Position Detection and Imaging

In 2011, BASF scientists invented a new technology with the potential to impact markets as diverse as consumer electronics, automotives, medical applications, and the security industry. At the heart of this technology is a new physical effect1, enabled by chemistry developed within BASF. Through a novel distance measurement technique, 3D position detection and 3D imaging can be performed as never before.

Up to now, in state-of-the-art technologies, 3D information was captured either passively by calculating the information from pictures of different perspective angles (triangulation), e.g in stereoscopic cameras, or actively by time-of-flight measurements (ToF). Both traditional technologies use up a large amount of computing power and often require post- production processing. Now, the BASF sensor works passivly2 with only one lens, and it does not need triangulation for the 3D data capture; this significantly decreases the demand for computing power and makes the 3D data capture very fast: with the new BASF 3D sensor technology real-time 3D imaging may find it's way into our daily lives.

The system is able to detect/image over various distances - from ┬Ám to km - dictated only by the chosen lens, just like a normal camera. The sensor itself works passively: all it needs is ambient light. In darker surroundings, or for enhanced performance, the sensor can be combined with active light sources (e.g. visible or infrared light).

The judicious interplay of chemistry, materials science, and physics yields a system solution that is capable of tracking, imaging, and processing objects in 3D, all at about twice the rate our human eyes and brain can. With an unprecedented combination of high precision, high speed, and high resolution, the BASF technology can revolutionize various applications, e.g. cameras, sports & entertainment, medical applications, automotive & transport, security & surveillance, machine vision & measuring. The BASF sensors can help making them faster, more reliable and secure, less complex, cheaper, more convenient or possible in the first place! Impacting end-users from hobby photographers and sports enthusiasts to medical doctors and security experts, this technology could change the way we see our future.

BASF sensor chip and 50 euro cents coin for size comparison

The New BASF 3D Technology - Prototype 2.0 for 3D Position and Color Detection

Status quo 31/01/2014


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Cameras:

Comparable in size to state-of-the-art sensor chips, the new BASF 3D sensor could be integrated into any consumer or professional camera3, and it could of course be combined with state-of-the-art 2D imaging devices. The only difference for the user: it will add a third dimension to all imaging pursued! This opens up a new dimension to consumer electronics, in which up to now 3D imaging was not possible in such a simple and affordable wa...