Technology

The ability to see clearly and sense the world around is critical for robots to navigate the world. That’s why Magik Eye is designed from the ground up to be the most robust and dependable depth sensing solution out there. Available sensors often have trouble with things like reflective surfaces, un-textured white walls, bright sunlight, dark interior spaces, and translucent objects such as windows. Magik Eye can see all of that, and more.

Another major limitation with today’s sensors is field of view (FOV). Conventional sensors typically see an area of about 70° x 60°, but tomorrow’s robotic platforms will need to be aware of the whole world around them, not just what is directly in front of their virtual noses. With our unique, patent-pending optical configuration, we can see a full hemisphere (360° x 180°) from a single Magik Eye module. It would take as many as nine conventional sensors to cover that kind of FOV!

Reducing the number of sensors needed isn’t the only way we’re reducing cost. We started Magik Eye based on the idea that in order for robotics to become ubiquitous, there needs to be a dependable yet inexpensive depth sensing solution, so we designed every part of our sensor to be cheap. We only use standard, readily-available components – nothing exotic or expensive.