Orbbec Announces Three Cameras in Femto Time of Flight Line for 3D Object, Scene Capture

Orbbec's new models offer features including depth of field from 0.2 to 5 m, six-axis IMU tracking, multi-camera synchronization, and usability in complete darkness.


Orbbec says its Femto 3D camera is designed for indoor applications such as tracking human forms.
Orbbec has added three cameras to its 3D imaging product portfolio. They are designed to provide a wide optical range, a broad field of view, and color resolution to robotics developers.

Robotics developers and integrators are getting more options for 3D perception. Orbbec today announced that it has begun shipping its Femto line of time-of-flight cameras, which can capture the exact position and shape of static or moving objects and scenes with high accuracy. 

“Time-of-flight [ToF] technology has become one of the hottest and most exciting fields in 3D imaging,” noted David Chen, co-founder and chief technology officer of Orbbec. “ToF-based 3D cameras can measure shapes, movement, and position of static or moving objects with pinpoint accuracy. Our new Femto line gives users a range of state-of-the-art solutions and can do so in industrial quantities.” 

The Troy, Mich.-based company said it is “dedicated to creating intelligent technologies for every human, everywhere.” Orbbec claimed that its 3D cameras are affordable and that its Orbbec Persee+ is “the world’s most advanced camera-computer.”

New cameras customizable

Orbbec described its Femto line as a new category of 3D imaging products. They are designed to give developers, engineers, researchers, and hobbyists the ability to customize ToF systems for their particular applications, it said.

The company said its new product line includes the following:

  • Femto: Featuring the greatest optical range in the Femto family (0.2 to 5 meters), the Femto Original delivers depth resolution of 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps) and requires the lowest power consumption (average 5.8W), in a 99.4 x 68 x 25 mm (3.9 x 2.6 x 0.9 in.) form factor. 
  • Femto W: With the widest depth field of view (H90, V74) and highest color field of view (H98.6, V64.2), the Femto W delivers high-accuracy identification at closer range (0.2 to 2.5 m, or 0.6 to 8.2 ft.). 
  • Femto Live: The family’s midrange (0.5 to 3 m, or 1.6 to 9.8 ft.) option with color resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 @30fps. 

All three cameras offer multi-camera synchronization support with near-zero latency and can be used in complete darkness, said Orbbec. The Femto systems also support six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) motion tracking, providing position sensing for robots or other devices on the move.

In addition, the lineup also provides depth engine-equipped cameras which release large volumes of computing power to the host PC—a feature many ToF cameras do not currently provide, claimed the company. 

Orbbec Femto SDK

Orbbec offers an SDK for its ToF cameras. Source: Orbbec

Orbbec enables industrial applications

Orbbec said Femto is suitable for indoor uses such as tracking human forms, measuring small live objects, obstacle avoidance, and gesture recognition. The ToF cameras are useful for industrial automation and robotics, it said. A customized software development kit (SDK) is available to facilitate device integration.

Unlike many other camera providers, Orbbec said it is an integrated design, build, and manufacturing company. It said it is capable of ensuring delivery of cameras at at any volume, from very small to million-plus quantities, with variable pricing available.

Orbbec offers its products to designers in healthcare, warehousing and shipping, autonomous mobile robots, and augmented reality, along with hundreds of other applications. 

Orbbec’s time-of-flight sensor can measure distances to objects. As well as being able to turn captured images into 3D images, it can also measure at a speed of 30 frames per second, allowing it to track the movement of objects three-dimensionally.

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Orbbec says its Femto 3D camera is designed for indoor applications such as tracking human forms.

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