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Optical sensor detects mirrored and transparent objects

10 May 2016

The new Omron B5W Optical Sensor can reliably detect target objects and even those with mirrored, transparent, diffuse, black and other challenging surfaces.

The new Omron B5W Light Convergent Reflective Sensor detects target objects much more reliably than general reflection photo sensors, even those that are often a challenge such as reflective, transparent, diffuse or black surfaces. The sensor’s convergent light beam can be accurately set to trigger on the presence of an object within a tightly specified target area, and ignore any objects in the background or foreground. The B5W features a combination of a cylindrical and a non-spherical lens. 

A typical application is a step detection function in a robot device. The B5W can reliably distinguish wood, glass, carpet and other floor surfaces from a downward step, to avoid risk of the robot falling. 

The B5W can detect objects over a maximum distance of 70mm and provides an analogue output signal.

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