Magik Eye's New Kit Brings 3D Sensing to Your Raspberry Pi

The DK-ILT001 combines an IR laser projector and a CMOS image sensor to achieve 3D imaging at up to 120 FPS with a Raspberry Pi host.

If you are looking for hardware that provides 3D sensing on top of your Raspberry Pi, then take a look at this newly launched Magik Eye’s ILT Development Kit (DK-ILT001). For those new to 3D sensing, it is a technology that can capture an object’s length, width, and height with more clarity and in-depth detail. With the DK-ILT001, you can now achieve 3D imaging at more than 600 frames per second (FPS), or up to 120FPS with a Raspberry Pi host.

Don’t worry if you have Raspberry Pi Zero or model 4B, the hardware supports all ranges of Raspberry Pi SBCs. Understanding the theory behind the technology, the Magik Eye’s 3D depth sensors are built around the triangulation method using an infrared laser and a CMOS image sensor.

The DK-ILT001 consists of a hardware module featuring a light and small form factor along with specialized firmware, which can easily deliver precise 3D point cloud data from rapidly moving objects both accurately and with lower latency. It supports industry-standard middleware, including OpenCV, PCL, Open3D, ROS and Unity in addition to C++ and Python.

For those working in robotics or machine vision like object detection and gesture recognition, this can be an optimal solution with a simple to use and faster integration. The DK-ILT001's size enables it to be deployed in remote locations for compact 3D sensing systems. The built-in sensor is specially designed for connecting the hardware with Raspberry Pi SBCs, and with easy installation of the firmware it works as a network-connectable 3D sensor.

The DK-ILT001 uses a 3.3V power supply via MIPI Interface on the Raspberry Pi with a power consumption of 0.6W on average. A detailed guide for hardware and software installation is available, while more information can be found on the product page. The board is being sold for $99, but is currently out of stock at the time of writing.

Abhishek Jadhav
Abhishek Jadhav is an engineering student, freelance tech writer, RISC-V Ambassador, and leader of the Open Hardware Developer Community.
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