How does the ZED work?

The ZED Stereo Camera basics

The ZED is a passive stereo camera that reproduces the way human vision works. Using its two “eyes” and through triangulation, the ZED understand its surroundings and create a three-dimensional model of the scene it observes. 

How does it work

The ZED camera outputs a high resolution side-by-side color video on USB 3.0. The video contains two synchronized left and right video streams. This color video is used by the ZED software on the host machine to create a depth map of the scene. Developers have access to the color video and depth map simultaneously.

How does it compare to other depth sensors?

Up until now, 3D sensors have been limited up to perceiving depth at short range and indoors. The ZED Stereo Camera is the first sensor to introduce indoor and outdoor long range depth perception, enabling the development of new services and applications in many industries: consumer electronics, AR/VR, drones, robotics, retail, VFX, 3D printing and more.