rc_visard Stereo Sensor

The world’s first 3D sensor that allows robots to perceive their environment in 3D and localize themselves in space.

NEW! High-speed processing is of essence? Make your rc_visard even faster with the brand-new SGM®Producer:
This off-board software component enables depth images
at frame rates of up to 25 Hz.

Sense. Reason. Act.

The rc_visard sensor family enables robots to generate and process time and location-related data in real time. The sensors support a variety of robot applications, ranging from bin-picking to navigation. With its onboard processing capabilities it can be integrated directly into applications obviating the need for external computers.

The four versions of the rc_visard feature two different baselines (65 mm, 160 mm) and a color or monochrome acquisition capacity.

rc_visard 65 color

Particularly suitable for robot/ arm-mounting, e.g. for pick-and-place tasks, when color differentiation is required.

rc_visard 65 monochrome

Particularly suitable for robot/ arm-mounting, e.g. for pick-and-place tasks, in challenging lighting conditions.

rc_visard 160 color

Particularly suitable for static mounting, e.g. in a robot cell, or mobile applications when color differentiation is required.

rc_visard 160 monochrome

Particularly suitable for static mounting, e.g. in a workcell, in challenging lighting conditions.

NEW! rc_visard 160 monochrome now in two variants: The rc_visard 160m-6 features lenses with a focal length of 6 mm. This leads to a slightly smaller viewing area, but enables a higher resolution and accuracy, which can be useful for set-ups with a rather large viewing distance.

Plug & Play Interface

Thanks to its interactive web interface, rc_visard can be used intuitively and installation effort is reduced to a minimum. rc_visard can also be connected and configured via Rest-API, ROS, and GenICam.

Depth Image and Point Clouds

With an integrated graphics card, depth images are processed directly in the sensor and do not require any external computing power. This is an ideal prerequisite for mobile robotic systems. Point clouds can be easily generated out of the depth images.

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3D Data

Camera Image

The image of the left camera serves as reference image for the image data set.

Depth Image

Distance from sensor to environment is computed through triangulation of the stereo image using the world class SGM method.

Confidence Image

The confidence image shows the confidence in each measured value ​​for further processing steps.

3D Reconstruction

3D reconstruction, calculated from the depth image, no texture.

Passive Perception

rc_visard recognizes its environment both in natural light outdoors and in enclosed spaces with poor lighting. This allows a wide range of applications.

Indoor and outdoor use

rc_visard can be used reliably in indoor and outdoor areas.

Global shutter

Accurate image data even with fast movements


Several sensors can operate  in a limited space without interference.

Position and Orientation

Using the most advanced visual inertial odometry algorithms, rc_visard records its current position and alignment with highest precision. The low latency allows for direct integration into the control loop when rc_visard is mounted on a robot.

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Two Sizes

rc_visard comes with two different baseline distances for use in the near or long range. Depth image calculation is supported in the following range respectively:

65 mm 160 mm

Depth measurement range*

0,2 – 1 m 0,5 – 3 m

Depth resolution

0,04 – 0,9 mm 0,1 – 3,3 mm

Onboard Features

Technical Specifications

rc_visard 65 rc_visard 160
Base distance 65 mm 160 mm
Focal length (lenses) 4 mm 4 mm 6 mm
Image resolution 1280 x 960 Pixel (1.2 MPixel)
Field of view horizontal 61° 43°
vertical 48° 33°
Depth measurement range* 0,2 m – 1,0 m 0,5 m – 3,0 m
Workspace 0,2 m distance 0,17 m x 0,18 m
0,5 m distance 0,54 m x 0,45 m 0,44 m x 0,45 m 0,24 m x 0,30 m
1,0 m distance 1,14 m x 0,90 m 1,04 m x 0,90 m 0,64 m x 0,60 m
2,0 m distance 2,24 m x 1,80 m 1,44 m x 1,20 m
3,0 m distance 3,44 m x 2,70 m 2,24 m x 1,80 m
Depth resolution @ 0,2 m 0,04 mm
@ 0,5 m 0,2 mm 0,1 mm 0,06 mm
@ 1,0 m 0,9 mm 0,4 mm 0,3 mm
@ 2,0 m 1,5 mm 1,0 mm
@ 3,0 m 3,3 mm 2,2 mm
Depth image resolution & FPS 1280×960 Pixel (F) @ 0,8 Hz
640×480 Pixel (H) @ 3 Hz
320×240 Pixel (M) @ 15 Hz
214×160 Pixel (L) @ 25 Hz
Egomotion (IMU) 200 Hz, low latency
SLAM Onboard (optional)
GPU/CPU Nvidia Tegra K1
Power supply 18-30 V
Protection class IP54
Cooling Passiv
Temperature range (Celsius) 0°C – 50°C
Size (LxHxW in mm) 135 x 75 x 96 mm 230 x 75 x 84 mm
Weight 680 g 850 g

*In principle, rc_visard can measure infinite ranges.  The accuracy is decreasing quadratically due to the stereo method so that we recommend the measurement range stated above. Using full resolution stereo matching will increase the minimum viewing distance to 0,3 m/ 0,7 m.


The documentation of the rc_visard is available online.


Roboception offers tools for easy and efficient interfacing and operation of the rc_visard.

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Hannover Messe 2017

Vom 24 – 28. April 2017 stellen wir
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