Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, Fotonic is a startup that spun out of Optronic with the mission of bringing this new smart camera technology to market. The E-Series of 3D smart cameras from Fotonic feature CCD image sensors that can achieve frame rates of up to 58 fps and are based on the Time of Flight principle, which measures the time it takes light to travel from a source back to the camera’s sensor. The cameras also feature integrated illumination and IP65 and IP67 housing, as well an ARM processor from Texas Instruments and a Linux OS, which enables users to run their own software on board.
“We believe 3D cameras are the key enabler for new automation and robotics to create a safer and better world,” said Fotonic CEO and Founder Rickard Åström. “With Acroname as our U.S. distributor, we’ve found a partner with unmatched experience, one that understands the product and its potential, and one that shares our ethic of working directly with customers to solve engineering problems that create competitive advantages.”
Acroname and Fotonic are working with clients to integrate this technology into such applications as driverless cars, medical applications, factory automation and machine vision, airport baggage and security systems, agriculture and mining, and more, according to the press release.
"We’re just at the beginning of seeing where this game-changing technology can go," said Acroname CEO Justin Gregg. "We’re exploring all sorts of potential applications and consulting with a variety of customers – and many developers, particularly those in defense and automation industries, already have their own ideas of what the Fotonic camera can accomplish, so we make it easy to purchase directly from our online store."
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