Cost-efficient and suitable for many industries

For the future of robotic, automotive, and industrial markets, there is a need for reliable, robust, and cost-efficient solutions. Whether you want your robot to avoid collisions or you want to avoid scratching your rims on curbstones.

Our Ultrasonic 3D Echolocation sensor will help you to solve these tasks.

The sensor works by combining the time-of-flight principle of conventional ultrasonic sensors with triangulation and advanced signal processing algorithms.

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“The game-changing technology can be used for collision avoidance of autonomous vehicles, people tracking in smart buildings and gesture control for consumer electronics.”

How does the sensor work?

 

Measurement cycle of an Ultrasonic 3D Echolocation Sensor:

  • Transducer sends out an ultrasonic pulse
  • Pulse is reflected by surrounding objects
  • Reflected pulse is received by an array of microphones on the sensor
  • Positions of the echoes are calculated as 3D coordinates, based on the different times when echoes arrive at the individual microphones
  • 3D coordinates are outputted at the end of each measurement cycle
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Locate object positions in 3D, based on proven ultrasonic technology

Conditions

Detect objects in the dark, through dust and dirt and in varying lighting conditions

Industries

Robust, energy-efficient, and suitable for a wide variety of industries

iEN

“Through powerful software, the sensor enables the precise detection of objects in real time […] This completely new method of positioning generates new ways […] of seeing the world via sound.”

Technical data

Acoustic Properties

Frequency 40 kHz ± 1kHz
Sound Pressure Level 120 dB SPL @ 30 cm
Mode of Operation Pulsed (20 pulses max, cyclic)
Ultrasonic transmission by industry standard.

Performance

Acoustic Transmission Frequency 40 kHz
Operating Range 20 cm – 500 cm*
Opening Angle 120°
Distance Resolution ± 30 mm
Distance Accuracy ± 10% of distance measurement
Angular Resolution 3° ( = 40 angular steps over 120°)
Refresh Rate 20 Hz typical
Latency Approx. 50 ms

*False positives present below 20 cm

Interface

User Interface

USB

Serial Connection (UART)

USB

Mini-USB-B-Port

Virtual COM-Port UART-Bridge

[Silicon Labs CP210x OnBoard]

Serial Connection (UART)

Molex Microlock Connector

576000 Baud

No Parity

8 Data / 1 Stop – Bit

Logic Level (@3.3Vdc) Low: ~1.2 V | High: ~1.9 V

A downloadable version of the data sheet will be available soon.

Vertical Field of View (FOV)

Horizontal Field of View (FOV)

Data example

Cumulated data over time and after post processing.

Applications

Automotive Exterior

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Automotive exterior – Detect curbs, parking lots and obstacles with our 3D ultrasonic sensor system.

Robotic Collision Avoidance

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Robotic collision avoidance – Avoid collisions with obstacles like glass walls or other objects.

Presence Detection System – Elevators

Presence detection system – Avoid elevator doors from closing too early and injuring people.