Optical sensor for distance measuring in robotics and smart equipment introduced by STMicroelectronics

Aug. 18, 2023
Unlike camera sensors, time-of-flight sensors like STMicro’s VL53L7CX do not capture images and ensure full privacy for users.

PLAN-LES-OUATES, Switzerland – STMicroelectronics N.V. in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland, is introducing a FlightSense multi-zone distance-measuring optical sensor with 90-degree field of view to bring lifelike situational awareness to computers, robotics, and smart equipment.

Unlike camera sensors, which are sometimes positioned for these tasks, time-of-flight sensors like ST’s VL53L7CX do not capture images and ensure full privacy for users.

The VL53L7CX optical sensor extends the field of view to 90-degrees diagonal for enhanced peripheral sensing, almost equivalent to that of a camera. This enhances the performance of presence detection and system activation, such as activating a screen.

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ST’s FlightSense multi-zone sensors offer 3D scene mapping and distance measuring to several objects in different zones. The multi-zone capability and the motion indicator enable use in applications like people detection and tracking, over-shoulder warning, and occupancy detection.

The VL53L7CX has native 64-zone (8 x 8) sensing and can provide distance measuring to several objects in each zone to 350 centimeters. ST-patented histogram algorithms enable multi-target detection and measurement within the field of view, as well as smudge immunity above 60 centimeters.

For more information contact STMicro online at www.st.com.

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