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What is Time of Flight?

What is Time of Flight?

Industrial image processing based on 2D image data works very well for inspection tasks on flat surfaces with a reasonable degree of contrast. Even so, 3D camera systems are increasingly being used to open up completely new applications, with an eye towards ever-rising degrees of automation. Examples of this include robot applications, tracking of persons, the film industry, bin picking and logistics automation.

One measurement principle of 3D cameras is the Time-of-Flight technique, which measures distances based on the time it takes for light to travel. How precisely does this kind of Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera work? Which benefits does it offer and what influencing factors should be considered by the user?

Our current Vision Campus video gives answers to this and other questions.

Want to learn more about Time-of-Flight technology? Our free White Paper on "High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Cameras" offers helpful support in selecting and developing applications that take advantage of the third dimension.

The Vision Campus contains in-depth articles and videos on machine vision and on vision technology in general. This includes for example the advantages inherent to the USB 3.0 interface, the trend toward smaller camera designs and how to find the right lens for your camera – either as text articles or videos. See for yourself!

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