Leopard Imaging Launches new Hawk 3D Depth Cameras


 October 21, 2021

Leopard Imaging, which designs and manufactures high-definition embedded cameras, has announced its new Hawk 3D Depth camera, which supports NVIDIA’s Jetson edge AI and Isaac robotics platforms. The camera is available for order now for $349.

In collaboration with NVIDIA, Leopard Imaging aims to deliver cost-effective 3D stereo imaging solutions that provide real-time, accurate depth perception, giving developers the high-quality results needed to build and deploy edge AI and robotics applications. The Hawk Camera offers a wide horizontal field of view of 120 degrees, and integrates dual OnSemi AR0234CS RGB image sensors with an active-pixel array of 1,920 by 1,200 pixels to support full HD video up to 120 frames per second. The dual RGB global shutter sensors reduce visual artifacts for improved perception performance in any high-vibration environments that a robot may encounter. This is coupled with a six-axis IMU for highly accurate (sub-microsecond) time-stamping of the camera frames relative to the IMU, which is needed for high-precision robotics perception, the company said.

The camera’s high-speed GMSL2 interface enables reliable operation at distances up to 10 meters away from NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform to further satisfy the challenging mechanical design needs of today’s AI-enabled robot, the company added. The Hawk Camera provides accurate depth perception from 15 cm to 5 m, and has the ability to detect 10 cm by 10 cm objects with superior resolution. The camera works with NVIDIA’s Vision Programming Interface (VPI) algorithms, and integrates to the Isaac platform to ensure optimum performance on the Jetson AGX Xavier and Jetson Xavier NX system on modules (SOM). Out of the box, the camera is supported by the Isaac ROS GEMs, enabling developers to quickly integrate it in their products.

“Together with the performance and flexibility of NVIDIA’s technology in autonomous machines, Leopard Imaging continues to advance in embedded camera design and manufacturing,” said Bill Pu, president and co-founder of Leopard Imaging. “[This delivers] a scalable range of camera solutions for our customers.”

The NVIDIA Jetson platform includes pretrained AI models, developer SDKs and support for cloud-tative technologies across the full Jetson lineup, giving manufacturers of intelligent machines and AI developers the opportunity to build and deploy high-quality, software defined features on embedded and edge devices that target robotics, AIoT, smart cities, healthcare, and industrial applications.

The NVIDIA Isaac platform includes comprehensive tools, application frameworks, GPU-enabled algorithms, reference designs, and pretrained capabilities to accelerate development workflows for robotics applications. This includes Isaac Sim on NVIDIA Omniverse for simulation and training of robots in virtual environments before deploying them in the real world; and Iasaac ROS open software development framework that speeds up robotics development and deployment. A suite of Isaac GEMs for ROS – pre-optimized software packages to accelerate image processing and DNN performance on NVIDIA Jetson – make it easier to add AI for perception and navigation into modern-day robots.

“By leveraging our full stack of GPU-accelerated computing technologies and enabling ease of deployment of cost-effective 3D camera solutions, Leopard Imaging is accelerating time-to-market of vision-based edge AI and robotics applications,” said Murali Gopalakrishna, head of product management, autonomous machines and general manager for robotics at NVIDIA.

For additional details on the Hawk 3D Depth Camera, visit this Leopard Imaging website.

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