As a leading innovator in the realm of sensors and sensing products, Omron continues to develop solutions to best suit the growing needs of a touchless society. With Smart Home and Building, Internet of Things (IoT), and Healthcare in mind, Omron introduces the B5L Time of Flight Sensor and new versions of the B5W Light Convergent Sensor to meet high demand.
Time of Flight Sensor (ToF) - B5L
Omron's latest in this field is the B5L Time of Flight sensor, which offers fast 2D and 3D renderings of environment objects using reflective LED technology.
The ToF sensor was originally developed as a low-cost replacement of expensive LiDAR sensors, typically used for robot navigation in Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) systems. The low-energy B5L technology allows for all the capabilities of an expensive LiDAR sensor in a smaller, easier to use package. Recent developments have shown the sensor to be successfully used in the patient monitoring industry. The ToF sensor allows for effective person monitoring without identifying persons detected. Currently, Omron engineers are developing additional software to track skeletal positions of persons that are detected by this sensor.
Light Convergent Sensor - B5W
Omron's success in optical sensing technology paved the way for product development in its B5W light convergent sensor series. These sensors are designed in a wide variety of applications, as they are capable of detecting all different types of objects, including reflective and transparent materials.
The design of the B5W sensor was developed as a way to detect a variety of different objects within industrial or manufacturing equipment. This is especially due to its advantages in detecting a wide range of materials. As the need for touchless solutions grows in consumer products, the B5W sensor can function as a primary mechanism for hands-free technology. This sensor is capable of working behind various different transparent materials to protect it from harsh environments, and is in development as a touchless sensor module, which includes a 3D see-through LED panel.
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Author: Cary Horan, Product Manager – Sensors & Modules