This year at CES, a common focus among AI, autonomous vehicle, smart home, AR/VR application is machine vision. Images captured from cameras in each of these applications are no longer just for human eyes, they are now “data” for artificial intelligence. AL6100 enabled high resolution real-time 3D depth data for the machine to learn about its surrounding, a key metrics for enabling machine vision.

In general, structure light, ToF, Lidar, and active stereo camera are the most popular 3D-sensing solutions. For better precision 3D sensing application such as 3D modeling, active stereo camera, and structure light are the most promising technology. In comparison, the active stereo camera is relative superior in terms of cost structure, reliability, and sensing distance. Active stereo is suitable for application such as smart home application with 5-6 meters of sensing distance, robot depth map construction, 3D facial recognition, and automobile in-cabin monitoring and hand gesture recognition. 

 The new chip will be available for commercial shipping by the end of March.


  • In-Cabin active stereo IR sensing
  • Gesture control
  • Driver identification
  • Driver drowsiness detection
  • 3D depth mapping for 3D printing and unlocking phone

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Altek showcases its 3D depth-sensing technology at CES. Actual image (right). Real-time depth map to distinguish human, objects, and even fingers (Left).