3D Camera Enhances The Metaverse Experience

by Mat Dirjish

Semiconductor-laser company II-VI Incorporated and photonics and CMOS SWIR sensing tech company Artilux teamed up to create what they describe as a next-generation 3D camera with a longer range and higher image resolution to enhance the user experience in the metaverse. The partners combined their proprietary technologies in indium phosphide (InP) semiconductor lasers and GeSi sensor arrays, respectively, to demonstrate a miniature 3D camera that operates in the short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) range at 1380 nm. They claim this results in significantly higher performance than existing cameras operating at 940 nm.

Enabling lower cost and a high-quality assembly, II-VI’s SWIR illumination module employs InP edge-emitting lasers that deliver up to 2W of output power and optical diffusers in surface-mount packages. Artilux’s camera features a high-bandwidth and high-quantum-efficiency GeSi SWIR sensor array based on a scalable CMOS technology platform.

Dr. Julie Sheridan Eng, Sr. Vice President, Optoelectronic Devices & Modules Business Unit, II-VI, said, “The longer infrared wavelength provides better contrasts and reveals material details that are otherwise not visible with shorter-wavelength illumination, especially in outdoor environments. By designing a camera that operates at 1380 nm instead of 940 nm, we can illuminate the scene with greater brightness and still remain well within the margins of eye safety requirements. In addition, the atmosphere absorbs more sunlight at 1380 nm than at 940 nm, which reduces background light interference, greatly improving the signal-to-noise ratio and enabling cameras with longer range and better image resolution.”

Dr. Neil Na, Co-Founder and CTO of Artilux, adds, “The miniature SWIR 3D camera seamlessly integrates into next-generation consumer devices, many of which are under development for augmented-, mixed-, and virtual-reality applications. The SWIR camera demonstration provides a glimpse of the future of 3D sensing in the metaverse, with displays that can identify, delineate, classify, and render image content, or with avatars that can experience real-time eye contact and facial expressions.”

Ready to set up shop in the metaverse but hunger for greater details? If so, grab your knife and fork and visit the Artilux and II-VI Incorporated websites.

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