Intel RealSense Lidar Camera Technology Redefines Computer Vision

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The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 is the world’s smallest and most power efficient hi-res lidar, featuring unparalleled depth and accuracy that makes it perfect for indoor uses cases such as health, retail, logistics, robotics and measurement. Intel Corporation introduced the Intel RealSense LiDAR Camera L515 in December 2019. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

What’s New: Today, Intel announced the Intel® RealSense™ lidar camera L515, the world’s smallest and most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar that captures millions of depth points per second. Designed with proprietary technology that creates entirely new ways to incorporate lidar into smart devices to perceive the world in 3D, the L515 provides high-quality performance and millimeter accuracy to products that require vision capabilities.

“Intel RealSense technology is used to develop products that enrich people’s lives by enabling machines and devices to perceive the world in 3D. With the L515 depth camera, we are excited to bring high-resolution lidar performance to markets previously inaccessible to this technology.”
–Sagi BenMoshe, corporate vice president, Intel RealSense Group

Why It’s Important: Intel RealSense technology depth experts have developed a revolutionary solid-state lidar for a new family of high-quality depth cameras. The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515’s unparalleled depth quality and low power consumption, combined with its ability to generate 23 million accurate depth points per second, makes it perfect for a wide variety of applications.

The logistics industry is one market that can benefit from the L515’s high resolution and full scene perception. Companies looking for inventory management automation will benefit from precise volumetric measurement of products, enabling an accurate state of inventory at all times. Many other applications for the L515 can be found in 3D scanning, healthcare, retail, robotics and more.

How It Works: Light detection and ranging (lidar) is a remote-sensing technology that measures the distance to objects and targets using a combination of laser light and receivers. The difference with Intel RealSense lidar technology is that it uses an advanced, miniaturized micro-electro-mechanical system mirror to scan the scene. This method enables the reduction of the laser pulse power, achieving the world’s smallest, most power-efficient, high-resolution lidar.

How It’s Different: With regards to accuracy and depth edge fidelity, the L515 is in a class of its own, providing consistently high accuracy over the supported range of 0.25m – 9m. It also provides over 23 million accurate depth pixels per second, with a depth resolution of 1024 x 768 at 30 frames per second. The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 has an internal vision processor, motion blur artifact reduction and short photon-to-depth latency. The lightweight L515 consumes less than 3.5 watts of power, enabling easy mounting on handheld devices with the flexibility of long battery life. Always ready to use, the L515 retains its depth accuracy throughout its lifespan without the need for calibration.

The camera also features an accelerometer, gyroscope and FHD RGB video camera. It uses the same open source Intel RealSense SDK 2.0 as the entire portfolio of Intel RealSense devices.

The Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 is priced at $349 and available for pre-order today. For more details, visit the Intel RealSense website.