From 2D to 3D: How Depth Sensing Will Shape the Future of Vision

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Summit Track: 
Business Insights

For several decades, 3D imaging and sensing technologies have matured thanks to extensive, successful deployments in high-end applications, mainly in medical and industrial markets. More recently, as 3D sensor costs have dropped, 3D imaging and sensing devices have become a significant business, generating almost $2B in revenue in 2017, with strong growth prospects driven by consumer devices such as the iPhone X with its TrueDepth camera module. Currently there are three main depth sensing approaches on the market: stereo vision, structured light and time-of-flight. Each of these approaches has pros and cons, from a technical point of view and with respect to cost. We’ll explain the key strengths and weaknesses of each of these technologies and analyze the cost of adding them to a system based on our recent teardown analyses. We’ll also give an overview of this depth sensing sensor market and the main factors driving it and explore how this market could shape the future of vision.


Guillaume Girardin

Director, Photonics, Sensing and Display, Yole Développement (Yole)

Dr. Guillaume Girardin works as Director, Photonics, Sensing and Display at Yole Développement (Yole), the "More than Moore" market research and strategy consulting company. Guillaume holds a Ph.D. In Physics and Nanotechnology from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 and a M.Sc. in Technology and Innovation Management from EM Lyon School of Business.

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