Stereolabs

3D Robot Camera

Dec. 10, 2022
The ZED-X from Stereolabs is a stereo camera designed for robotic navigation and process automation in tough indoor and outdoor environments.

The ZED-X is a stereo camera designed for robotic navigation and process automation in tough indoor and outdoor environments. Stereolabs is breaking new ground by giving robots powerful AI camera-based surround vision. By fusing 3D spatial data from multiple ZED-X stereo cameras, Stereolabs’ perception platform allows robots to navigate and detect obstacles in any complex environment. Powered and supported by Stereolabs’ extensive software ecosystem, the ZED-X unlocks the potential for rapid commercial deployments of robots in agriculture, construction, logistics, and last-mile delivery.

With its IP66-rated aluminum enclosure, GMSL2 connection, and native multi-camera synchronization, the ZED-X is built for production-scale deployments of autonomous robots under the most rugged conditions. With the ZED SDK and the ZED Hub multi-camera control platform, the ZED-X delivers the industry’s most advanced capabilities for 3D perception, including 360-deg. depth sensing, localization, object detection, and skeleton tracking.

The ZED-X camera is an ideal fit for manufacturers ready to mass produce robots for industrial and outdoor environments. Available in two form factors, the ZED-X and the ZED-X Mini, the stereo cameras provide 3D perception at a range of 0.2 to 20 m for navigation and up-close at a range of 0.08 to 12.5 mfor object detection during core process automation.

ZED-X standout features include:

  • High-resolution RGB sensor with global shutter: The ZED-X’s state-of-the-art 1920x1200 global shutter RGB sensor produces crisp, clean imaging that accurately captures any action-filled environment. Moving scenes are rendered quickly up to 120 fps, and the 3.0 µm pixel size guarantees image quality in both low-light and bright conditions.
  • IMU designed for robots that experience high vibration: The built-in IMU combines a 16-bit digital triaxial accelerometer and a 16-bit digital triaxial gyroscope to achieve exceptionally accurate detection of motion and measurement of orientation. The low drift ensures that calibration isn’t lost even on rugged terrain. With strong vibration robustness, the IMU can endure the harsh environments that accompany industrial applications. ZED-X also reduces design costs and offers extended operational lifespan due to its temperature stability.
  • A secure GMSL2 connection: GMSL2 output is the ideal connection protocol for robotics since it supports high-speed video data transfer. In a multigigabit point-to-point connection, GMSL2 transfers raw video data from the ZED-X to an AI gateway at a speed of up to 6 GB per second. This means the robot can respond quickly to changes in its environment or fast-moving objects

Optimized for use with NVIDIA’s Jetson AGX Orin supercomputer, the ZED-X can be quickly integrated into an intelligent end-to-end workflow, accelerating deployment from the prototype stage to production-scale implementation. Each Jetson module can control four ZED-X cameras, reducing cost, weight, and onboard space requirements.

In conjunction with the release of the ZED-X, Stereolabs is also launching a multi-camera management platform, ZED Hub, and a new 4.0 version of the ZED SDK. This combined solution enables a 360-deg. surround view around the robot, which is necessary for safe navigation. Users can now fuse data from multiple cameras automatically, eliminating the challenges that previously made this a complex, time-consuming process.

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