Introducing the world’s smallest and most power-efficient Event-based Vision sensor ever released
Build the next generation of smart consumer devices with Prophesee’s GenX320 Metavision® sensor, unlocking new levels of intelligence, autonomy and privacy, down to microwatt power levels in an ultra-compact 3x4mm format.
Resolution (px) 320×320
Ultra-low power mode (down to 36μW)
Optical format: 1/5”
Pixel latency @1k lux (μs) <150
Dynamic Range (dB) >120
Nominal contrast threshold (%) 25
Pixel size (μm) 6.3 x 6.3
Embedded features: Anti-flicker filtering (AFK) + Event-rate Controller (ERC) + Spatio-temporal Contrast filter (STC)
AR/VR/XR: Eye tracking • Gesture recognition
IoT: AI on the edge and Machine Learning, Always on cameras
Healthcare (privacy) cameras
Bringing intelligence to the very edge
Inspired by the human retina, at the heart of Prophesee patented Event-Based Metavision sensors, each pixel embeds its own intelligence processing enabling them to activate themselves independently, triggering events.
Down to 36μW at sensor level
The Metavision sensor’s pixel independence
and intelligent power modes architecture enable new levels of power efficiency starting at just 36μW in ultra-low power and 3mW typical operating power.
PRIVACY BY DESIGN
Events, not images
Prophesee Event-based Metavision sensor does not capture images but events, sparse asynchronous data driven by individual pixels. Also, as it only acquire motion, static scene background is ignored at sensor level.
>10k fps Time-Resolution Equivalent
There is no framerate tradeoff anymore. Take full advantage of events over frames and reveal the invisible hidden in hyper fast and fleeting scene dynamics.
With ultra compact dimensions of only 3x4mmGenX320 is designed to fit your most space-constrained system designs.
>120dB Dynamic Range
Achieve high robustness even in extreme lighting conditions. With Metavision sensors you can now perfectly see details from pitch dark to blinding brightness in one same scene, at any speed.
On-chip AI features
Advanced on-chip features enabling native data compatibility with AI accelerators through histogram output straight from the sensor.
0.05 lx Low-Light Cutoff
Sometimes the darkest areas hold the clearest insights. Metavision enables you to see events where light almost does not exist, down to 0.05 lx.
ULTRA LOW DATA
10 to 1000x less data
With each pixel only reporting when it senses movement, Metavision sensors generate on average 10 to 1000x less data than traditional image-based ones.
A COMPREHENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE TO FIT YOUR DESIGN NEEDS
BUILT FOR EDGE APPLICATIONS
Typical use cases: Foveated rendering, user interaction
Unlock next-generation eye-tracking capabilities with ultra-low power and high refresh rate Metavision® sensors capabilities. Reach 1ms sampling times for ultra-smooth eye position tracking while optimizing system autonomy and heating performance.
Video courtesy of ZinnLabs
20mW entire gaze-tracking system
1kHz or more eye position tracking rate
Typical use cases: Touchless interaction
Achieve high-robustness and smooth gesture recognition and tracking thanks to Metavision® sensors’ high dynamic range (>120dB), low-light cutoff (0.05lux), high power efficiency (down to μW range) and low latency properties.
Video courtesy of Ultraleap
>120dB dynamic range
Down to 36 μW power efficiency at sensor level
OBJECT DETECTION & TRACKING
Typical use cases: Always-on cameras
Track moving objects in the field of view. Leverage the low data rate and sparse information provided by event-based sensors to track objects with low computing power.
Video courtesy of Restar
Continuous tracking in time: no more “blind spots” between frame acquisitions
Native foreground segmentation: analyze only motion, ignore the static background
Typical use cases: AI-enabled monitoring
Detect and classify activities in real time while respecting subject’s privacy at the sensor level. Bring more intelligence to the edge and trigger alerts only on key events such as a person falling in a hospital room while generating 10-1000x less data and benefiting from high robustness to lighting conditions (>120dB dynamic range, 0.05 lux low-light cutoff)
Video courtesy of YunX
Privacy by design: Metavision sensors do not capture images
AI-enabled: Train your models on lighter datasets thanks to background & color invariability event properties
Typical use cases: Constellation tracking
Achieve high-speed LED frequency detection in the 10s of kHz with high tracking precision. Thanks to live frequency analysis, natively filter out parasite flickering light for optimal tracking robustness.
>10kHz High-speed LED frequency detection
Native parasite frequency filtering for optimal tracking robustness
Typical use cases: AR/VR/XR
Unlock ultra-fast and smooth inside-out tracking running at >10kHz and benefit from high robustness to lighting conditions (>120dB dynamic range, 0.05 lux low-light cutoff).
>10kHz high-speed pose estimation
>120dB dynamic range
“Zinn Labs is developing the next generation of gaze tracking systems built on the unique capabilities of Prophesee’s Metavision event sensors.
The new GenX320 sensor meets the demands of eye and gaze movements that change on millisecond timescales. Unlike traditional video-based gaze tracking pipelines, Zinn Labs is able to leverage the GenX320 sensor to track features of the eye with a fraction of the power and compute required for full-blown computer vision algorithms, bringing the footprint of the gaze tracking system below 20 mW.
The small package size of the new sensor makes this the first time an event-based vision sensor can be applied to space-constrained head-mounted applications in AR/VR products.
Zinn Labs is happy to be working with Prophesee and the GenX320 sensor as we move towards integrating this new sensor into upcoming customer projects.”
CEO & Founder
“We have seen the benefits of Prophesee’s event-based sensors in enabling hands-free interaction via highly accurate gesture recognition and hand tracking capabilities in Ultraleap’s TouchFree application. Their ability to operate in challenging environmental conditions, at very efficient power levels, and with low system latency enhances the overall user experience and intuitiveness of our touch-free UIs.
With the new Genx320 sensor, these benefits of robustness, low power consumption, latency and high dynamic range can be extended to more types of applications and devices, including battery-operated and small form factors systems, proliferating hands-free use cases for increased convenience and ease of use in interacting with all sort of digital content.”
CEO & Co-founder
“Privacy continues to be one of the biggest consumer concerns when vision-based technology is used in our products such as DMS and TV services. Prophesee’s event-based Metavision technology enables us to take our ‘privacy by design’ principle to an even more secure level by allowing scene understanding without the need to have explicit visual representation of the scene.
By capturing only changes in every pixel, rather than the entire scene as with traditional frame-based imaging sensors, our algorithms can derive knowledge to sense what is in the scene, without a detailed representation of it. We have developed a proof-of-concept demo that demonstrates DMS is fully possible using neuromorphic sensors. Using a 1MP neuromorphic sensor we can infer similar performance as an active NIR illumination 2MP vision sensor-based solution.
Going forward, we focus on the GenX320 neuromorphic sensor that can be used in privacy-sensitive smart devices to improve user experience.”
Chief Technology Officer
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5X AWARD-WINNING EVENT-BASED VISION SOFTWARE SUITE
Choose from an easy-to-use data visualizer or an advanced API with 95 algorithms, 79 code samples and 24 tutorials.
Get started today with the most comprehensive Event-based Vision software toolkit to date, for free.
OPEN SOURCE ARCHITECTURE
Metavision SDK is based on an open source architecture, unlocking full interoperability between our software and hardware devices and enabling a fast-growing Event-based community.
With Metavision sensor purchase comes a complementary access to an advanced toolkit composed of an online portal, drivers, data player and SDK.
We are sharing an advanced toolkit so you can start building your own vision.
METAVISION INTELLIGENCE SUITE
Experience first hand the new performance standards set by Event-Based Vision by interacting with more than 95 algorithms, 79 code samples and 24 tutorials.
Get started today with the most comprehensive Event-Based Vision software toolkit to date, for free.
Do I need to buy an EVK to start ?
What data do I get from the sensor exactly ?
The sensor will output a continuous stream of data consisting of:
- X and Y coordinates, indicating the location of the activated pixel in the sensor array
- The polarity, meaning if the activated event corresponds to a positive (dark to light) or negative (light to dark) contrast change
- A timestamp “t”, precisely encoding when the event was generated, at the microsecond resolution
For more information, check our pages on Event-based concepts and events streaming and decoding.
How can you be “blur-free” ?
Image blur is mostly caused by movement of the camera or the subject during exposure. This can happen when the shutter speed is too slow or if movements are too fast.
With event-based sensor, there is no exposure but rather a continuous flow of “events” triggered by each pixel independently whenever an illumination change is detected. Hence there is no blur.
Can I also get images in addition to events ?
You can not get images directly from our event-based sensor, but for visualization purposes, you can generate frames from the events.
To do so, events will be accumulated over a period of time (usually the frame period, for example 20ms for 50 FPS) because the number of events that occurred at the precise time T (with a microsecond precision) could be very small.
Then a frame can be initialized with its background color at first (e.g. white) and for each event occurring during the frame period, pixels are stored in the frame.
What can I do with the provided software license ?
The suite is provided under commercial license, enabling you to use, build and even sell your own commercial application at no cost. Read the license agreement here.
What is the frame rate ?
There is no frame rate, our Metavision sensor is neither a global shutter nor a rolling shutter, it is actually shutter-free.
This represents a new machine vision category enabled by a patented sensor design that embeds each pixel with its own intelligence processing. It enables them to activate themselves independently when a change is detected.
As soon as an event is generated, it is sent to the system, continuously, pixel by pixel and not at a fixed pace anymore.
How can the dynamic range be so high ?
The pixels of our event-based sensor contain photoreceptors that detect changes of illumination on a logarithmic scale. Hence it automatically adapts itself to low and high light intensity and does not saturate the sensor as a classical frame-based sensor would do.
I have existing image-based datasets, can I use them to train Event-based models ?
Yes, you can leverage our “Video to Event Simulator”. This is Python script that allows you to transform frame-based image or video into Event-based counterparts. Those event based files can then be used to train Event-based models.