Simulated realities like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) blur the lines between the real and virtual world, creating new devices, software, and opportunities that will influence the future of both consumer and industrial technology.
VR immerses users in a simulated environment, using a head-mounted display (HMD) or headset to show users computer-generated images. Most VR headsets can also play audio thereby creating a truly immersive experience. The result is a virtual digital world that separates users from their immediate surroundings and represents a new surrounding that looks real, even though it’s not.
Similarly, Augmented Reality (AR) combines data and imagery from the real world with a digital world to create high-tech yet realistic experiences for users. Examples of AR applications today include visual puck tracers in NHL hockey games and the popular mobile game Pokemon GO.
GigE Cameras Help Overcome the Challenges of Virtual and Augmented Reality
Generating optimal 3D content requires tight timing synchronization between image captures from multiple camera sources. Not only that, high-quality content requires a high image quality under variable lighting conditions, which can be particularly challenging when paired with these synchronization issues. Often, these VR and AR applications must combine high-resolution images while maintaining an adequate frame rate, but still keeping the technology affordable for consumers.
Thankfully, 10GigE and 25GigE cameras provide a solution to control timing synchronization between cameras. By synchronizing cameras using methods like hardware triggering and PTP, 10GigE and 25GigE cameras demonstrate microsecond precision with impressive ease.
These cameras also employ excellent sensors that show the latest improvements in dynamic range. GigE cameras provide especially great performance in variable lighting conditions, which is crucial to virtual and augmented reality. These characteristics are what primarily make GigE cameras a reliable choice for these sorts of applications.
As well, GigE cameras cover a wide range of resolutions and frame rates. Coupled with Myricom’s MVA or Mallnox’s VMA, problems regarding latency and jitter are all but erased. GigE cameras additionally are known for low CPU overhead, low latency, and low jitter rates.
Emergent 10GigE and 25GigE cameras are a fantastic example of cameras compatible with many accessories and cabling options to cover any length. They also feature the highest camera count per PC performance and are industry accepted with IEEE and AIA standardization.
The Emergent GigE cameras offered on our website equal or out-perform other interfaces in every technical category at an affordable cost. Their 10GigE and 25GigE are far higher quality devices with technological improvements compared to other Ethernet-based cameras at similar rates.