Panasonic developed a 3D sensor that films clear stereoscopic vision with one lens, transcending the traditional design limitation that requires two lenses to film stereoscopic vision. Using two lenses doubles the number of electronic parts necessary for image processing and complicates the structure of equipment, making it rather hard to miniaturize the structure. The existing one-lens model cannot produce clear stereoscopic vision because of the difficulty to divide vision into two eyes.
Panasonic loaded its self-developed lens on the surface of an image processing sensor. The Panasonic’s self-developed lens can divide the light coming into the lens by angle. The new 3D sensor figures out light suitable to the angle of the viewer to collect light and organizes stereoinformation without decreasing the image quality. It can film fast-moving sports activities because it films 60 times per second. It will also be helpful to the development of a system that detects a tumor and a defect of an electronic part automatically because filmed data can be processed by computer. Panasonic presented the new technology in the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) being held in San Francisco. Sensor samples have already been built, and evaluation for various usages has started. The new sensor can reportedly be produced with the existing semiconductor processing technology.
Panasonic 3D sensor