Pre­ci­sion track­ing

Sony's new IMX382 sen­sor that can track ob­jects at 1,000 fps.

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE -

There's no doubt­ing that Sony has in­vested a sig­nif­i­cant amount of re­sources into the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of cam­era sen­sors. Its lat­est ef­fort comes in the form of a high­speed vi­sion sen­sor that can de­tect and track ob­jects at 1,000 frames per sec­ond.

The sen­sor uses a stacked con­fig­u­ra­tion, sim­i­lar to that seen in some of Sony's lat­est Al­pha cam­eras. The cir­cuit layer has im­age pro­cess­ing cir­cuits and a pro­ces­sor that al­lows for high-speed ob­ject de­tec­tion and track­ing. But there's more to it than just hard­ware. Thanks to a com­plex al­go­rithm, the sen­sor can also use el­e­ments such as color and bright­ness from the ob­ject, to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion like the ob­ject's cen­troid, mo­ment and mo­tion vec­tor.

Un­for­tu­nately, it's un­likely that this sen­sor will make its way into con­sumer prod­ucts just yet. Cur­rently, its pri­mary use is in assem­bly lines in fac­to­ries, where it will be able to quickly de­tect anom­alies or mal­func­tions.

Sony plans to ship sam­ples of this sen­sor some­time in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Sony's IMX382 sen­sor can track ob­jects at 1,000 frames per sec­ond!

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