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Monrovia Company Creates Computer Eye On a Chip

SiLC Technologies, Inc., a Monrovia company (423 E. Huntington, just east of California), has come up with an improved computer vision device, and put it on a chip.

The system uses LiDAR, which Wikipedia defines as "a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor." Like radar with lasers.

The company says existing LiDAR systems suffer from range limitation due to eye safety concerns (you don't want to shoot eye-blasting lasers every which way), "multi-user cross-talk" (I think that means the possibility of the sensors picking up reflections from someone else's LiDAR system and getting confused), and cost.

The company says its new LiDAR-on-a-chip system addresses all these concerns and could be valuable in the potentially huge markets of self-driving vehicles, facial recognition systems, robotics and artificial intelligence systems.

- Brad Haugaard

1 comment:

  1. I really wish you wouldn't use Wiki to define or get your informations, that is such a mish mosh of entries from amateurs. Use this one instead from NOAA, LiDAR is not really a surveying method but more precisely a remote sensing... LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics. source :