Toposens Echo One development kit – 3D ultrasonic sensing

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Precise, safe and easy to integrate, the new 3D ultrasonic sensor from Toposens enables your autonomous platform to avoid collisions with mobile and static obstacles

Based on proprietary technology, the next-generation Echo One development kit uses time-of-flight echolocation to deliver robust real-time data for 3D object detection and collision avoidance.

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Description

Designed to guide users in the understanding and use of Toposens smart ultrasonic sensor technology, the Echo One development kit (DK) enables collision avoidance in autonomous platforms, area surveillance, presence detection and ADAS applications. The DK platform gives you the flexibility to evaluate the sensor in line with the demands of your project.

The Toposens 3D echolocation sensor works by combining the time-of-flight principle of conventional ultrasonic sensors with triangulation and advanced signal processing algorithms.

A CAN communication interface aids ease of integration, along with three software packages C++ library, a ROS implementation package and the cross-platform Toposens 3D visualiser.

With this development kit, you will be able to demonstrate and validate the functionality and performance of the highly accurate Echo One 3D collision avoidance sensor, including 3D multi-object detection (including complex and transparent objects) ultra-wide field-of-view and considerable detection range.

Features

3D multi-object detection – generate 3D echolocations (x/y/z) of the environment

Ultra short-range detection – 3D data from 20 cm

Ultra-wide field-of-view – up to 180° at short-range, 110° at 3 metres (horizontal)

Best in class detection capability – detects dark, transparent, complex and small objects

Highly robust – rugged IP67 protection, and immunity to lighting conditions

Compact design and flexible mounting – flat housing design and multiple fixing options

Simple software integration – CAN and ROS driver delivering x,y,z data output

Low power consumption – 2.2 W average for greater uptime

Applications

Robotics

  • Collision avoidance
  • Area surveillance

Automotive

  • Collision avoidance
  • Vehicle cocooning
  • Power side door
  • In-cabin detection

Other

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Presence detection

Specifications

Technical

Ultrasonic frequency~40 kHz
Frame rateUp to ~20 Hz (adjustable)
3D operating range20 – 300 cm
Horizontal FoV20 – 60 cm up to ± 90°

60 – 300 cm up to ± 55°

Vertical FoV20 – 60 cm up to ± 90°

60 – 300 cm up to ± 25°

Communication interfaceCAN 2.0A. Default data rate 1 Mbit/s

(other data rates/interfaces on request)

Target was a 7.5cm wide, 100 cm tall pole located in front of the sensor 

Physical

Dimensions12.2 x 6.8 x 2.3 cm
Weight0.253 Kg including cable
Protection class (sensor unit)IP67
Fixed sensor cableD-sub 15 female (others on request)

85 cm length

Electrical

Nominal supply voltage12 V
Supply voltage range6 – 28 V
Power consumption2.2 W (at 12 V)

Components

Hardware

  • Echo One DK – 3D ultrasonic development sensor
  • Protective case – water-tight transport case
  • Power supply – 12 V 3 A.  Socket types: UK, USA / JP, AUS, EU / 100-240 V
  • CAN terminator – D-sub 9 CAN-terminator. Split termination 120 Ω
  • Sensor mount – mount for attaching the sensor to a tripod or table
  • Interface adaptor – USB adaptor & Micro USB cable to connect sensor to PC (use of visualiser and firmware update utility only possible via interface adaptor)
  • CAN communication cable – cable to connect sensor to CAN network
  • Breakout box – providing convenient access to all sensor pins

Software

  • Toposens sensor library – C++ library driver, available via Github.  Enables implementation of the sensor into customer projects.  Based on Linux SocketCAN
  • ROS implementation package – ROS nodes and dockerfile for Linux
  • Toposens 3D visualiser – PC software for raw data visualisation and capturing via interface adaptor
  • Firmware update tool – enables updating of the sensor’s firmware via interface adaptor

Documentation

  • Data sheet – PDF file including instructions for installation and communication
  • ROS documentation – online documentation and tutorial for implementing the Toposens ROS package intro customer ROS projects
  • Toposens 3D visualiser – user guide for visualiser operation

Additional information

Weight0.253 kg
Dimensions12.2cm x 6.8cm x 2.3cm
Manufacturer

Data sheet and downloads

Toposens Echo One DK data sheet V1.2 [PDF]

Toposens Echo One DK product information [PDF]

Toposens Echo One DK key features and specs [PDF]

ROS support for Toposens ultrasonic sensors [link]

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Finance and Shipping

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The finance agreement is between you and the lender, and we don’t take commission or referral fees – but we’ve done the preparatory work of allocating a broker for the US, and another for Europe, explaining the technology, validating supplier products and explaining how the technology will be used so your application process is simplified and focused entirely on the financials.

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