Continuous developments through extensive R&D are expected to fuel innovation in the 3D sensors market. These products can effectively determine the efficiency and performance of complex systems and are highly durable in nature, making them suitable for entertainment and automotive applications.
Benefits offered by these sensors over their conventional counterparts are expected to fuel 3D sensors market demand. Increasing demand from various sectors including gaming, consumer electronics, smart-phones & tablets and security & surveillance cameras are expected to drive 3D sensors market growth. Additionally, replacement of 2D with 3D technology, and increasing use in retail & media sectors is further expected to drive the 3D sensors market. Technology innovation, such as gesture recognition, indoor navigation and 3D motion detection are also expected to fuel market growth. High maintenance cost, lack of manufacturing excellence and high refurbishment cost may act as a restraint to market growth.
The 3D sensors market can be segmented on the basis of product, technology and application. Different types of 3D sensors include image, pressure, position and temperature sensors. Image sensors are expected to dominate the segment owing to their wide applications in biomedical image analysis, autonomous navigation, robot guidance, car safety, surveillance, human computer interface, remote sensing, oceanography, microscopy, astronomy, virtual reality and industrial inspection etc. Image sensors can be categorized into CMOS, electro optical and ToF sensors.
Application segments include medical, automotive, consumer application, gesture recognition, entertainment & media, defense and robotics. In medical field capturing of motion robust data acquisition is critical, 3D sensor enables a comfortable and flexible capturing of any body part. Laser sensors are widely used in medical applications. In automotive 3D sensors are use to digitize any part using 3D scan data, which is used to design and improvise using CAD models. Optical sensors are widely used for automotive applications. The technology segment is categorized into leap, stereo camera, ultrasound, time of flight and structured light.
Some key participants in the 3D sensors market include PrimeSense, Infineon Technologies, LMI Technologies, IFM Electronic, SoftKinetic, Cognivue, SourceFire, Panasonic Corporation, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., Omnivision Technologies, Occipital and Pointgrab.
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