Not all startups who make their first ever trade-fair appearance at CEBIT will, or can, keep on returning year after year. When the “Bavarian Batmen” from Munich-based Toposens GmbH unveiled their innovative ultrasound technology in Hannover in 2016, the fledgling company was just one year old. As newcomers on the scene, they were unaccustomed to promoting their skills at a world-leading trade fair. While we can't say whether global exhibitions feel like second nature to them yet, we can tell they’ve continued to work away steadily and determinedly on their technology, as they celebrate the premiere of the first market-ready version of their TS ALPHA 3D sensor ultrasound technology at this year’s CEBIT.
The TS ALPHA is the world's first 3D ultrasound sensor to capture and turn the ability of certain animals to perceive their surroundings using echolocation into viable, practical technology. This enables the device to precisely pinpoint the position of objects and people close-by in real time, just like a bat. To achieve this, the small sensor emits ultrasound signals, which are reflected off surrounding objects and translated into 3D coordinates directly in the sensor system itself. The first version of the TS ALPHA that Toposens is now bringing to market measures just 60 x 30 x 12 millimeters and weighs only 20 grams. The sensor covers a distance of up to four meters and has an opening angle of up to 180 degrees in close range. What's more, it detects objects to an accuracy of under one centimeter. The TS ALPHA is available now as a development kit or a customizable serial product. Besides the actual sensor, the Fast Lane Development Kit contains all the necessary software, support and an extensive camera-based debugging kit to help application builders get this new technology up and running as quickly as possible.