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Mostly hidden from media hype and mainstream consumers, 3D sensing technology has been used for niche enterprise and industrial applications, such as mapping and oil and gas exploration, for several years. The technology has traditionally relied primarily on the laser as a sensor. With advances in computer vision technology over the past few years, however, it has become possible to capture 3D images using a simple camera (or a pair of cameras). The low cost and versatility of this computer vision technology has caught on in recent years and found a wide range of application markets that include automotive, consumer and mobile, industrial, and medical, among others.

Tractica’s analysis indicates that the market for 3D imaging hardware and software will grow from $3.2 billion in 2014 to $24.9 billion in 2024 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23%. The consumer and mobile and the automotive application markets were the two largest in 2014, accounting for $1.2 billion and $1.0 billion, respectively. The robotics and industrial market will sport the highest growth rate of 26.9% among all the application markets to become worth $3.9 billion by 2024. Overall, the consumer and mobile market will continue to be the largest market for 3D imaging technology, accounting for $10.1 billion in 2024 and growing at a CAGR of 23.3%.

This Tractica report examines the market trends and technology issues surrounding 3D imaging technologies and presents 10-year forecasts for hardware and software during the period from 2015 through 2024. The report presents in-depth analysis of 3D cameras and sensors, as well as their enabling technologies, and also includes detailed profiles of 26 key industry players. Market forecasts, segmented by world region, include 3D imaging hardware unit shipments, device pricing and revenue, software licenses, and revenue for four key application markets.

Key Questions Addressed:
How are cameras being used to reconstruct 3D images? Which sensors are most popular for 3D imaging?
What are the main technology trends that are driving the evolution of 3D imaging?
How will 3D imaging have an impact on various types of user interfaces?
What are the key applications, now and in the future, for 3D imaging technology?
Who are the key players in the 3D imaging market, and what are their relative strengths and weaknesses?
What is the size of the market opportunity for various 3D imaging applications, and why will some grow faster than others in the years ahead?

Who Needs This Report?
Consumer electronics manufacturers
Industrial automation and robotics companies
Medical device manufacturers
Automotive companies
Semiconductor and component vendors
Computer vision application technology companies
Software developers and integrators
Government agencies
Investor community

Table Of Contents

3D Cameras and Sensors: 3D Imaging Hardware and Software for Consumer and Mobile, Automotive, Robotics and Industrial, and Other Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
Executive Summary
Introduction
Market Issues and Trends
Market Forecast
Merger and Acquisition Activity
Market Issues
Market Overview
Market Drivers
Availability of Low-Cost Sensors
Need for New Input Methods
Need for Automation
Availability of Powerful Hardware along with Low-Cost Software
Emergence of New Applications for Robots and Drones
Consumer Appetite for Cooler Technology and Gaming Devices
Market Barriers
Accuracy and Reliability
Complexity of the System and Technology Development Costs
Lack of Awareness of 3D
Consumer Inertia and Lack of Awareness
Regulatory Issues
Privacy
Liability
Automotive Regulations
System Security and Vulnerability
Key Industries and Applications
Consumer and Mobile
Gaming Input Devices
3D Projection and Printing
3D Scanning
Holography
Virtual Reality Input Devices
Input Device for Other Computing Devices
3D Consumer Cameras and Camcorders
Smartphone and Tablet Applications
Robotics and Industrial
Parts Inspection and QA
Surface Scanning
Measurement
3D Model Building via Scanning and Printing
Self-Guiding Robots
Medical
Medical Imaging
Custom-Made Prosthetic Parts
Dental Imaging
Automotive
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
AEB Systems
Self-Guiding Car
Adaptive Cruise Control
Parking Assist
Distance Alert
Security and Surveillance
Geology and Archeology
Meteorology
Metro Areas and Construction
Oil and Gas, Mining
Military
Sports and Entertainment
Golf, Archery, Hunting, and Other Long-Range Sports
3D Movies
3D Imaging in Sports Broadcasts
Clothing and Retail
Agriculture
Regional Characteristics
Technology Issues
Introduction
3D Imaging Technology
Stereo Vision
Using a Single Camera for 3D Capture
Time-of-Flight
Triangulation
Structured Light
Comparison of Different Schemes
3D Sensors
Lasers
Infrared Sensors
Radar Sensors
Ultrasound Sensors
Limitations of 3D Technology
Accuracy
Latency
Dependency on Light
Camera Speed Limitation
Processing Capabilities
Selected Device Profiles
Microsoft Kinect
Google Project Tango
Intel RealSense
Leap Motion
3D Technology Alliances
The Immersive Technology Alliance
3D Alliance
3D@Home
Embedded Vision Alliance
Open Automotive Alliance
Automated Imaging Association
Key Industry Players
Intel
ARM
NVIDIA
CEVA
Leap Motion
Thalmic Labs
Z-LASER
Tyzx
SICK, Inc.
Google
Microsoft
Facebook
Basler
MESA Imaging
Stemmer Imaging
Point Grey
Cognex
National Instruments
Allied Vision
ShapeGrabber
Mobileye
Autoliv
Mercedes-Benz
Vizrt
Perceptron
Darling Geomatics
Market Forecasts
Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
Market Forecasts
Overall Market for 3D Imaging Technology
3D Imaging Hardware Revenue
3D Imaging Software and Services
Automotive Market
Consumer and Mobile Market
Robotics and Industrial Market
Other Markets
Conclusions
Company Directory
Acronym and Abbreviation List
Table of Contents
Table of Charts and Figures
Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts, Figures, and Tables

Charts
3D Imaging Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Technology Revenue by Application Market, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024

Figures
3D Imaging for the Mining Industry Showing Depth Contours
A Generic Classification of 3D Sensing Technologies
Basic Principle of ToF Cameras
Structured Light Used to Estimate Depth in 3D Sensing
Microsoft Kinect Sensor
Google's Project Tango

Tables
Application Markets for 3D Cameras and Sensors
Recent Acquisitions by Key Players in 3D Technology
3D Imaging Volumes and Price Sensitivity by Application Market
Comparison of the Popular 3D Imaging Technologies
Commonly Used 3D Sensor Applications
3D Imaging Technology Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Hardware Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Hardware Average Selling Prices by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Hardware Unit Shipments by Application Market, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Technology Revenue by Application Market, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Hardware Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Automotive Market Hardware Average Selling Prices by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Hardware Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Consumer and Mobile Market Hardware Average Selling Prices by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Hardware Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Robotics and Industrial Market Hardware Average Selling Prices by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Hardware Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Software and Services Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Hardware Unit Shipments by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024
3D Imaging Other Market Hardware Average Selling Prices by Region, World Markets: 2014-2024

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