Building on recognition at the Vision Systems Design 2023 Innovators Awards program in May, Lucid Vision Labs secured more than $500,000 in funding from the federal government in July through the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.
“The Vision Systems Design team would like to congratulate Lucid Vision Labs for their outstanding score in two different camera categories in the 2023 Innovators Awards program,” Linda Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of Vision Systems Design, stated earlier this year. “Each year this unbiased and increasingly competitive program aims to celebrate the most innovative products and systems in machine vision—the LUCID team should be very proud.”
Based in Richmond, BC, Lucid was founded in 2017 by Rod Barman. Barman, the driving force behind Point Grey Research for close to two decades, holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. His right hand is Torsten Wiesinger, who serves as general manager.
Barman’s ethos for Lucid is encapsulated in its name—clear, bright, and visionary. In the emerging era of modern Industry, where smart manufacturing is transitioning from concept to reality, Lucid envisions machine vision at the heart of it.
The firm has developed a range of high-performing cameras, including industrial 3D cameras, such as the Helios2. Helios2 integrates Sony’s DepthSense, a back-illuminated ToF image sensor, providing a 108° Field of View— suited for applications with a close working distance and large area of operation, according to Lucid.
In addition to the Helios, the Atlas10 camera with Remote DMA streams 1.2 GB of data per second directly to main memory, bypassing both the CPU and OS.
“This increases throughput, lowers latency, and eliminates CPU usage, which is required for reliable multi-10GigE camera applications,” Barman says.
The recent PacifiCan funding will help the company to scale up manufacturing of its compact cameras for applications like factory automation. The investment will expand Lucid’s production facility in Richmond, creating new jobs in the region.