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Although 3D vision technologies have been developed and used since many years now, it is only recently that they have proven to be cost-effective in consumer electronic products and widely used in industrial applications such as robotics, autonomous vehicle and recently in automotive safety. Fastree3D aims at producing 3D cameras that enable vehicles and machines to recognize and locate fast moving objects in three dimensions in real-time, enabling safe and intelligent actions. The next-generation laser-based 3D sensors are promising to reach new levels of functionality with faster, more sensitive, lower cost and lower power consumption camera systems. They are complemented by embedded software to facilitate application development. The unique photo-sensor platform developed by Fastree3D takes advantage of CMOS fabrication processes used for consumer electronics products to develop high precision sensors for industrial applications. Currently Fastree3D offers linear and matrix single photon detectors with integrated distance measurement. These are the core component of Time-of-Flight (ToF), a technology that precisely resolves distance based on the speed of light. The platform is able to drive state of art near-infrared illumination, such as LED and VCSEL arrays. This enables 3D cameras to extend the mobile vision operating range to situations of darkness or adverse illumination. Fastree3D is developing a sensor kit (3DK) combining a photo-sensor module together with illumination and an embedded hardware pre-processing unit, to enable partners to develop advanced vision applications. The R&D program benefits from a technology transfer from EPFL Lausanne and TU-Delft resulting in over 10 patents, it is supported by additional research at Bern University of Applied Sciences.


Claude Florin

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