Due to increasing networking and the possibility to analyse and assess very large volumes of data, there is also a growing need to be able to quickly and reliably record the underlying information. Optoelectronic sensors are ideal here, as they can record and process different states in a contactless fashion and over large distances. Thanks to the miniaturisation of the underlying components, including LEDs, laser diodes and camera chips, in combination with evermore powerful processors, optoelectronic sensors are also becoming ever smaller, more cost-efficient and more intelligent.
The research field Optoelectronics aims to develop innovative optoelectronic sensors. This includes technologies such as time-of-flight (TOF) cameras. In addition to the capturing of two-dimensional images, TOF cameras also allow for the determination of an object’s distance from the camera. Three-dimensional data sets are thus obtained, opening up a large number of new applications. Object, position, direction and speed recognition as well as people-counting and tracing are just a few examples here. Future possibilities are also being expanded by new manufacturing processes for lenses and housing (e.g. wafer-level microlenses and focus-adjustable lenses) and the availability of innovative miniaturised optoelectronic components (e.g. miniaturised spectrometers and tunable bandpass filters).
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