Panasonic Unveils New 3D Image Sensor that Panasonic Electric Works has unveiled a 3D image sensor, seven years in the making. The D-IMager uses advanced, near infrared leds to emit light into a given area which is reflected by objects and detected by a specially designed charge coupled device.

According to Panasonic, when an object draws near or moves away, the delay between when the light is emitted and detected varies. By comparing such image data on a pixel by pixel basis, the D-IMager is designed to ascertain changes in distance precisely and in real time. This is known as the Time of Flight principle.

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