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Intel targets lidar camera at logistics industry

Steve Rogerson
December 17, 2019



Intel is targeting the logistics industry with its RealSense L515 lidar camera, which it claims is the world's smallest and most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar that captures millions of depth points per second.
 
Designed with proprietary technology that creates different ways to incorporate lidar into smart devices to perceive the world in 3D, the L515 provides millimetre accuracy to products that require vision capabilities.
 
"Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people's lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D,” said Sagi BenMoshe, corporate vice president of Intel’s RealSense group. “With the L515 depth camera, we are excited to bring high-resolution lidar performance to markets previously inaccessible to this technology."
 
The camera's depth quality and low power consumption, combined with its ability to generate 23 million accurate depth points per second, makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications.
 
The logistics industry is one market that can use the high resolution and full scene perception. Companies looking for inventory management automation could benefit from precise volumetric measurement of products, enabling an accurate state of inventory at all times. Other applications can be found in 3D scanning, healthcare, retail and robotics.
 
Lidar is a remote-sensing technology that measures the distance to objects and targets using a combination of laser light and receivers. The difference with RealSense is that it uses a miniaturised micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) mirror to scan the scene. This method enables the reduction of the laser pulse power, achieving small size, power efficiency and high resolution.
 
It provides consistently high accuracy over the supported range of 0.25 to 9m. It also provides over 23 million accurate depth pixels per second, with a depth resolution of 1024 x 768 at 30 frames per second.
 
Features include an internal vision processor, motion blur artefact reduction and short photon-to-depth latency. It consumes less than 3.5W, can be mounted on handheld devices and has a long battery life. The L515 retains its depth accuracy throughout its lifespan without the need for calibration.
 
The camera also includes an accelerometer, gyroscope and FHD RGB video camera. It uses the same open source RealSense SDK 2.0 as the rest of the RealSense devices.