MEMS and Sensors

Norwegian sensor startup launches 3D ultrasonic tech

30 May 2024

Sonair has unveiled its sensor technology designed to improve safety in industrial automation and autonomous navigation in robotics.

Previously in stealth mode, Sonair’s 3D ultrasonic sensor allows autonomous robots to detect distance and direction of objects in a 180 x 180 field of view and up to 5 meter range. This combined with 2D images and artificial intelligence (AI) helps improve overall navigation of robots.

Sonair said moving to 3D improves robot’s vision over traditional lidar and camera systems. Something that will be needed as the demand for autonomous mobile robots is increasing due to their use in logistics and manufacturing, the company said.

The technology is designed to enable effective human-robot interaction by improving safety and reducing total sensor package by 80%, Sonair said.

Solwr is using Sonair’s 3D sensor technology for its robotics and software system to automate picking and sorting in warehouse and retail environments.

“Our sensors are designed to end the era of expensive laser-based sensors,” said Knut Sandvenm CEO of Sonair. “With our evaluation kit releasing this summer, we encourage innovators and industry leaders to explore the potential of our technology in transforming machine perception.”

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