Sony’s Big Bet on 3D Sensors That Can See the World
With plans to go into mass production next year, Sony’s new class of sensors are designed for smartphones and augmented-reality devices.
One of Sony Corp.’s most promising bets on the future is hiding in plain sight.
Inside the electronics maker’s Atsugi Technology Center, a research campus located an hour outside Tokyo, engineers and researchers are developing sensors that can detect people and objects by calculating how long it takes for light to reflect off surfaces.
With plans to go into mass production next year, Sony’s new class of sensors are designed for smartphones and augmented-reality devices. Eventually, the new chips could find their way into drones, self-driving automobiles, gaming consoles, industrial equipment, factory and warehouse robots, and many other machines that interact with their environments. All told, the market for these 3-D sensors will expand three-fold to $4.5 billion by 2022, according to researcher Yole Developpement, approaching Sony’s current revenue from image sensors.
“This has the scale to become the next pillar of our business,” said Satoshi Yoshihara, the general manager in charge of Sony’s sensors division. Read More
Source: Bloomberg Technology