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Eyes and brains for your robot: With its innovative hardware and software products, Roboception GmbH, based in Munich, is a pioneer in 3D sensor technology. Our 3D stereo sensor rc_visard enables robotic systems to reliably perceive their environment in real time; the complementary rc_reason software suite offers application-specific modules to add on as needed for your individual tasks. Intuitive user interfaces make the implementation as easy as can be: Users, even without any prior robot vision experience, will be able to deliver task-relevant information such as grasp points with just a few mouse clicks. We combine both classical and AI-based methods to give the robots eyes – and hence deliver key elements of our customer’s most forward-looking automation solutions in domains like logistics, automation and beyond.

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Roboception Presents High-Resolution 3D Stereo Sensor

POSTED 05/15/2022

The rc_viscore delivers an image resolution of 12 MP and hence generates a very detailed point cloud as well as depth, confidence and error images. The impressive image quality allows its use in complex automation applications that require high-quality image processing. It is suitable for the reliable detection of small parts with a size of just a few centimeters, even in large detection areas with a working distance of up to four meters - specifications relevant for automated machine loading, for example.

"We simply wanted to put 'more pixels in the bin' to further increase the applicability of image processing solutions in automation," explains Dr. Michael Suppa, co-founder and CEO of Roboception. "We focused on achieving both a high-quality point cloud and a maximum accuracy and level of detail. And, of course, on maintaining the intuitive usability and unique price-performance ratio that our customers appreciate in our products."

Coupled with Roboception's rc_cube, the rc_viscore provides the image data for object detection and the computation of grasp points, for example in industrial automation and logistics. The new stereo sensor is compatible with all rc_reason software modules. The already integrated rc_randomdot pattern projector allows the use even with difficult or low-texture objects and enables exceptionally dense depth images. The compact and robust design allows reliable use in harsh industrial environments. The innovative 3D stereo sensor is designed for an ambient operating temperature of 0°C to 45°C and operates with convective (passive) cooling. The rc_viscore can be mounted stationary as well as mobile, for example on linear axes, enabling an accurate 3D detection of static objects at different positions within a cell.

For the use of the rc_viscore as a high-resolution RGBD camera, the scope of delivery includes the SGM®Producer, which is a GenICam-compatible transport layer. The SGM®Producer can be used with Halcon, with the rc_genicam_api for C++ programmers, with the rc_genicam_driver for ROS and ROS2, and with any other GenICam compatible application.

The rc_viscore is pre-calibrated to the user’s individual workspace prior to shipment, and is hence easy to set up. The low-maintenance and IP54-protected 3D stereo sensor was designed for an intuitive use. The implementation is supported by a comprehensive online documentation.

The 3D stereo sensor is available immediately and is already being used successfully in several pilot applications. Roboception will present the rc_viscore live at automatica 2022 in Munich (booth A4.304).