Various technologies are available on the market for bringing an automated guided vehicle (AGV) to its destination.
Teledyne DALSA has announced its BOA Spot XL vision sensors for industrial automation and inspection. Designed for error proofing, identification, general inspection and robot guidance, the vision sensors deliver high performance and useful capabilities.
STMicroelectronics has released a full-colour ambient light sensor (ALS) that is designed to help smartphones take better pictures and present more visually accurate data on screen displays.
The VG5661 and VG5761 image sensors enhance monitoring of vehicle occupants by capturing the scene as illuminated from the camera, eliminating unpredictable external effects such as sunlight or street lighting.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has invented a robot car that is claimed to see better than humans in foggy conditions and can navigate without stopping.
MIT researchers have collaborated with infrastructure contracting company Forrevial in developing a monitoring system for streetlights that is inexpensive and highly automated.
The first all solid-state wavelength-dependent bipolar photodetectors with fast response times and tuneable switching wavelengths have been described by Japanese Researchers in the journal Applied Physics Express.
The portable optical 3D surface measurement system μsurf mobile, by NanoFocus, is suitable for portable roughness measurements, analyses of 3D structures, measurement of microgeometry, topography, layer thickness and volume.
Scitech has been announced as the authorised distributor of NanoFocus products across Australia and New Zealand. The NanoFocus range includes products for 3D surface measurement, precise 3D profilometry and fast 3D inline sensors.
The Vishay Semiconductors VEML6075 is an integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor for the detection of UVA and UVB light intensity. Featuring Filtron technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity, the product incorporates an IC with five sensitive areas and signal processing in a 2 x 1.25 x 1 mm surface-mount package.
The Vishay Semiconductors VEML6030 digital ambient light sensor combines a sensitive photodiode, a low-noise amplifier and a 16-bit ADC in a miniature, transparent surface-mount package measuring 2 x 2 x 0.85 mm. The sensor adopts Filtron technology and features an interrupt function while supporting an I2C bus interface for simple operation.
Vishay Intertechnology has introduced two AEC-Q101-qualified surface-mount transmissive optical sensors for automotive and industrial applications. Offered in a 5.5 x 4 x 5.7 mm package, the Vishay Semiconductors single-channel TCPT1600X01 and dual-channel TCUT1600X01 feature an increased dome height compared with previous devices.
The Texas Instruments OPT3001 Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) is a sensor that measures the intensity of visible light. The spectral response of the sensor tightly matches the photopic response of the human eye and includes significant infrared rejection.
The Vishay Semiconductors VEML7700 is a digital ambient light sensor for backlight dimming and optical switching in consumer products.
Toshiba has announced the launch of T4KC3, a 16 MP BSI CMOS image sensor. The chip realises 30 fps at full-resolution output with power consumption of 240 mW or lower.