Toposens Announced New Hi-Tech Ultrasound Sensors


With the advent of “driverless” AI-assisted cars, the need for precise sensors has increased tenfold. The sensors act like the eyes of a car. Because lives are at stake, this technology must be foolproof. 3D-sensing cameras and laser sensors can do the job, but Toposens, a German start-up, has a different approach in mind.

Toposens has unveiled 3D ultrasonic sensors that use ultrasound technology to map their environment. Ultrasonic sensors are relatively inexpensive, and this is the world’s first ultrasonic sensor, believe it or not.

These sensors are inspired by nature, and more particularly bats, which use ultrasonic waves to map their environment. Bats (which are blind) are able to “see” by sending these waves and maneuver around obstacles according to the echoes that bounce off them.

TS Alpha, the name of the prototype of Toposens, is now available for testing purposes. The sensor comes in a robust and waterproof cover to ensure that bad weather does not affect its usefulness.

Ultrasonic waves are less likely to be affected by weather and environmental conditions such as smog, poor lighting and rain. Most other types of sensors are vulnerable to these, so this is a huge advantage for the new Toposens technology.

Sensors have many applications in the real world. For example, they can be used to avoid near-field collisions and detect self-driving cars, and can detect obstacles within 5 meters. They can also help you with automatic parking and area mapping.

Sensors also have applications in robotics. AI robots such as the Roomba vacuum cleaner will be able to detect even the smallest objects to avoid interference. The three-dimensional vision area makes collision avoidance a thing of the past.

The technology will provide full ROS (Robot Operating System) compatibility for its TS ALPHA sensor. The interface allows users to customize the system for their individual robotic devices, which greatly simplifies integration and programming.

The company is currently sending its sensors for testing purposes to collect real data so that the final product is as safe and accurate as possible.

The small size of the sensors opens up a world of possibilities for their implementation, especially for domestic applications. Microwaves, refrigerators, and even televisions can all use this technology to their advantage.

Although the opportunities are endless, Toposens wants to focus first on the most practical applications. It makes sense to make sure that the sensors are as accurate as possible and applicable to home devices before using them in higher-stakes technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

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