Google announces pmd as a Project Tango partner

Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision

Siegen/Germany, 06.06.2014) - Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group announced, that pmdtechnologies gmbh (pmd) is one of the technology partners in Project Tango, a revolutionary approach to give mobile devices the ability to detect and understand their environment and open up a variety of new and innovative applications on top of these capabilities.


"Project Tango strives to give mobile devices a human-like understanding of space and motion through advanced sensor fusion and computer vision, enabling new and enhanced types of user experiences - including 3D scanning, indoor navigation and immersive gaming", says Johnny Chung Lee, Technical Program Lead of the ATAP group. "We are excited about working with partners, such as pmd, as we push forward the hardware and software technologies for 3D sensing and motion tracking on mobile devices."

The 3D Image Sensor chips that are used in the project were developed by pmd in collaboration with Infineon Technologies AG. These chips include pmd's ToF (Time-of-Flight) pixel matrix and patented Suppression of Background Illumination (SBI), a feature which improves the sensor chip's dynamic range for indoor and especially for outdoor operations. 3D camera modules based on this so called IRS 10x0C chip family can achieve unmatched levels of miniaturization and still deliver excellent depth measurement performance. This high level of integration lowers cost, power consumption and size of the complete camera module. Putting 3D sensing on a mobile device has been impossible up until this point purely because of these issues.

Now, it's a reality as the IRS 10x0C chip family is ready for mass volume ramp-up. Further technical information on pmd-based 3D Image Sensor chips is available at www.infineon.com/3d-imaging.

Featured Product

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

SCHUNK's New Safety Gripping System EGN

With the SLS, SOS, and STO functionalities, the SCHUNK EGN gripping system certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 13849 enables safe human/machine collaboration. If the production process is interrupted by an emergency shut-off, the SCHUNK EGN goes into either a safely limited speed mode or a safe stop mode depending on the activated protection zone. In contrast to other solutions available on the market, the SCHUNK safety gripping system is continuously powered even in the safe operating stop so that the gripped parts are reliably held even without mechanical maintenance of gripping force. As soon as the protection zone is released, the gripper immediately switches back to the regular operating mode without the system having to be restarted.