Heptagon Announces a New and Really Small 3D Camera

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Heptagon Micro Optics (Singapore) has announced the availability of a new product called “Mora” which the company bills as the “world’s smallest all-in-one 3D module.”

Heptagon provides a broad line of 3D related product that combine cameras, illuminators, software and services. The company is substantial with about 1,000 employees. The company also manufacturers lots of units having recently announced having achieved the goal of delivering more than two billion components.

The video at the end of this article contains an overview of the Heptagon and several of the company’s products including Mora.

Mora is represented as an “adaptive stereo 3D imaging solution.” It includes contrast enhancement IR illuminators, stereo IR cameras and a 5 MP RGB front camera for regular pictures. All this is contained, the company claims, in a ruggedized, reliable, calibrated package.

Mora is intended for use in applications that include mobile devices, virtual reality and augmented reality platforms, smart home devices with 3D vision and in robots. Use cases for the device include:

  • Background / foreground segmentation
  • Background removal in video
  • Immersive gaming
  • Enhanced photography (3D aware filters)
  • Natural human interface (gesture recognition)
  • Biometric authentication
  • Simultaneous Localization and Mapping
  • Finger tracking

Principle specifications for Mora include the following.

Image sensor 5 MP, 1.12 um, BSI (1/5”)
Depth sensor VGA, 3 um (1/7.5”)
FOV (diagonal) 82o
Size 18 x 22 x 5 mm
Baseline 16.4 mm
Detection range 0.2 m to 1.5 m

The calibrated module connects directly to host application processor.

The Heptagon product line achieves high levels of miniaturization through the use micro-optics and wafer-level optics. These micro components are integrated into the company’s solutions through the use of wafer level integration. -Arthur Berman

Analyst Comment

Although initially aimed at smartphones and tablets, this kind of component might be interesting for notebooks or desktop monitors if the price is right. (BR)