APPLICATIONS

Introduction

Acconeer’s groundbreaking 3D sensor technology creates endless possibilities for a wide range of industries. Driving global technology trends such as computer vision, human-machine interaction, AR/VR and the Internet of Things all create a growing demand for advanced and power-efficient high-precision 3D sensors in a small form factor design.

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Robot & Drones

With Acconeer radar sensors, robots and drones become smarter, safer and more efficient. The sensor’s extremely low power consumption combined with its small size, durability and dependability makes it ideal for integration in robots and drones. Equipped with radar sensors, robots and drones can detect, track, and even assess the material of surrounding objects. In addition, by being able to detect human presence, radar sensors enable advanced human- machine interaction and contribute to increased operational safety.

 

  • Obstacle detection and landing aid: Radar sensors can assist both robots and drones to avoid collisions with surrounding obstacles. Applied in drones, the sensor’s capabilities are useful during landing for increased safety and control.

  • Material classification: The ability to assess the properties of surrounding matter is applicable to a broad range of scenarios. A robot lawn mower’s operational safety significantly improves when it can detect human or animal tissue. Equipped with a radar sensor, a robot vacuum cleaner’s efficiency can be increased by enabling automatic adaption of its cleaning technique as it moves from one surface type to another. Material detection also enables the vacuum cleaner to prevent further spreading of, for example, spilled liquids or animal droppings.

Mobiles & Wearables

Acconeer sensors enable extended possibilities within the fields of human-machine interaction, mobile imaging, Augmented/Virtual Reality and advanced computer vision. Products within a variety of industries, including retail, communication, entertainment and fitness, can benefit from radar sensor integration.

  • Human-machine interaction & Gesture control: Enables device control without touch. Gestures can be used to change the volume, navigate, play games or when using AR/VR.

  • Distance measurement & Imaging: Radar sensors measure distance quickly and accurately regardless of lighting conditions. Applied to a camera, this enables improved high-performance auto focus. Other features applicable to imaging include the sensor’s ability to detect humans. The sensor can also extract depth information, which is vital in advanced computational imaging.

  • Security & Authentication: Creation of radar signatures of humans can be applied to face or fingerprint detection. The low power consumption allows for power-efficient wakeup of devices.

Internet of Things

Power-efficient, high performance sensors play a central role in products created for the Internet of Things (IoT), and they are widely applicable when developing Smart Cities and Smart Homes. Acconeer radar sensors provide accurate, rich and detailed information. Since IoT products often require a battery lifetime of multiple years, the sensor’s extremely low power consumption makes it an ideal component for use in the IoT industry.

  • Parking sensors: The small size of Acconeer radar sensors enables increased flexibility when it comes to the placement of parking sensors. Its durability and capability to collect detailed information about detected objects and their movements enable significant improvements to existing parking sensor solutions.

  • Presence detection: Radar sensor detection of human presence enables improvements to home security systems and for optimizing the use of equipment, such as air conditioners, in Smart Homes.

  • Gesture control: Systems equipped with radar sensors can benefit from intuitive and simple gesture control, making additional components such as buttons and screens redundant.

Power Tools & Industrial

Acconeer’s robust sensors contribute to improved precision and added safety within industry automation and power tool operation. Key features in doing so include human presence detection and high-precision object detection and tracking. When compared to solutions in use today, radar technology is much more applicable for operation in contaminated and dusty environments. In addition, its low power consumption enables cordless solutions and cost-efficient installation.

  • High accuracy measurements: Allows robots and tools to operate with increased precision.

  • Material classification: Allows robots and tools to classify materials such as metal, water and glass. The sensor’s ability to radiate through certain materials such as plaster wall makes it applicable as a stud finder.

  • Motion and presence sensors: Continuous measurements and tracking supports always-on devices such as automatic doors and vibration meters.

  • Safety applications: Detection of human presence near an operating robot or tool improves operational safety.

Healthcare & Fitness

Acconeer sensors enable mobile devices to monitor human presence and vital signs. Its small size allows for design flexibility, and the extremely low power consumption enables always-on capability.

  • Vital signs: Breathing or pulse rate can be monitored with high accuracy. Applications include integration in wearables, baby monitors or alarm systems.

  • Presence detection: Unlike cameras, radar sensors can detect and track humans without intrusion on personal integrity.

Automotive

Acconeer radar sensors enable extensive opportunities for human-vehicle interaction, including specific automotive applications which depend on the detection of human presence and accurate event measurement and tracking.

 

  • Gesture control: Radar sensors allow for intuitive and smooth control of vehicle functions to be performed without distracting attention from traffic.

  • Safety and alarms: Radar sensors enable activation of alarms or safety systems when persons are detected close to or inside the vehicle.

  • Measurement of fluids and fuel: Radar sensors can accurately measure level of fluids from the outside of a tank.