Robots must be equipped with sensors and software for three-dimensional vision in order to gain a spatial understanding of and precisely control objects in their environment. A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) in Dresden has been developing and manufacturing micro-scanner mirrors, which provide robots an ability similar to human vision needed to perceive objects and perform demanding tasks.

Fraunhofer IPMS continues to pursue the approach of a “scanning eye” to support three-dimensional machine vision. For years, the research institute has been developing and manufacturing scanner mirrors used for the targeted deflection of light in applications helpful in manufacturing, the medical field and everyday life. Dr. Jan Grahmann and his development team have had many successful projects with over 50 different component variants.