Inuitive, a vision-on-chip processor company, announced yesterday the launch of its latest sensor modules: the M4.5S and the M4.3WN. Designed to easily integrate into robots and drones systems, both sensor modules are built around the NU4000 Vision-on-Chip (VoC) processor and integrate depth sensing and image processing with AI and VSLAM capabilities in order to provide robotic devices with human-like visual understanding.
The M4.5S provides robots with enhanced depth from stereo sensing along with AI-based obstacle detection and object recognition. It features the widest field of view in the industry at 88x58 degrees, shortest minimum-sensing-range of 9 cm, and wide dynamic operating temperature range of up to 50 degrees Celsius, it claimed.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Inuitive said the module is an easy-to-adopt, highly power-efficient platform that is designed to function as a self-sufficient depth sensor module and shortens time to market for commercial robotic systems with industrial design fix limitations.
Vision modules help AGVs and AMRs better navigate environments
The company's other newly launched sensor module, the M4.3WN, features accurate tracking and VSLAM navigation based on fisheye cameras and an IMU together with depth sensing and on-chip AI processing.
This enables free navigation, localization, path planning, and static and dynamic obstacle avoidance – the main challenges for AMR and AGV systems. The M4.3WN is specially designed in a metal case to best serve in industrial environment conditions, according to the company.
“Our new all-in-one sensor modules expand our portfolio targeting the growing market of autonomous mobile robots. Together with our category-leading Vision-on-Chip processor, we now enable robotic devices to look at the world with human-like visual understanding,” said Shlomo Gadot, CEO and co-founder of Inuitive. “Inuitive is fully committed to continuously developing the best performing products for our customers and becoming their supplier of choice.”
The M4.5S and the M4.3WN sensor modules' primary processing unit is the Inuitive all-in-one NU4000 processor. Both modules are equipped with depth and RGB sensors that are controlled and timed by the NU4000. Data generated by the sensors and processed in real-time at a high frame rate by the NU4000, is then used to generate depth information for the host device.
Inuitive said its processors support simultaneous, depth sensing, positioning, and location algorithms (SLAM) and AI-based object detection and recognition while shorting both system latency and response time, saving power, and improving overall performance (high frame rate and camera resolution, and a wide FOV).
It added that its processors are used for robots, drones, AR and VR technologies, and artificial intelligence of things. The processors are ideally used for 3D-sensing applications.
The Inuitive M4.5S and M4.3WN module sensors are available today. For more information and ordering, visit: M4.5S and M4.3WN.