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Nov 24, 2022.

ZED SDK 3.8 Boosts AI Engine for a Faster Neural Depth

Perceive depth faster than ever and create astounding creative experiences with the new Unreal Engine 5 plugin available now.

ZED SDK 3.8 is a major release that includes new features and performance improvements to depth sensing and body tracking.

Major Performance Improvements

The 50% runtime speed-up of the Neural depth allows you to get smoother depth estimation with up to 60FPS, and 30FPS for configurations using two cameras on NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin embedded devices. Human skeleton tracking has also been sped up by +40% on most platforms.

Region of Interest Masking

Now you can focus on what really matters thanks to the added Camera::setRegionOfInterest function.

Define a region of interest using a mask and filter out noise coming from known objects that are irrelevant such as vehicle hoods or drone propellers and landing gear. These static objects in the field of view of the camera can degrade positional tracking and depth estimation, now you can ignore them.

This new feature is already available for robotic platforms based on ROS 2 Foxy or ROS 2 Humble. Read more.

Selecting a Region Of Interest to eliminate the drone landing gear (Credits Wonder Robotics)

Improve runtime performance by enabling AI inference while allowing a slight decrease in accuracy (no more than 1-2% loss on compatible models) thanks to the new ObjectDetectionParameters::allow_reduced_precision_inference parameter. This mode enables int8 inference that provides x4 the throughput on supported operations compared to fp32 and decreases memory usage.

Unreal Engine 5 Support

You can now combine the power of Unreal Engine 5 and ZED SDK to create next-gen creative experiences using body tracking and 3D AI motion capture.

Animate a 3D humanoid avatar using the Unreal Engine 5 plugin from ZED SDK 3.8

ROS 2 Improvements

We added support for ROS 2 Humble Hawksbill, the ROS 2 wrapper now supports simultaneously the two available ROS 2 LTS distributions. You can now also exploit the Plane Detection capabilities of the ZED SDK on ROS 2. This tutorial shows you how.

All the new features introduced with ZED SDK 3.8 are available in the new ROS 2 wrapper.

Get the full list of updates in the changelog.

Download ZED SDK 3.8 today!

Download the latest ZED SDK now. As always, we’re excited to share our latest update with you, and even more excited to see the amazing things the ZED community will do with it.

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