The Astra Mini has been a huge success for Orbbec. Its small profile and powerful 3D sensors make it a perfect fit for any developer or company looking for a high-quality 3D camera.

The overall success of the Astra Mini drove Orbbec to design an Astra Mini 3D camera with an optional sleek metal casing. This is the first Orbbec camera with a metal housing unit, which makes it much more durable and most importantly the metal casing helps to dissipate the heat coming from the 3D sensors. According to Orbbec’s VP of Business Development David Chen, “Orbbec prides itself in having the largest line of 3D cameras on the market today. The addition of the Orbbec Mini metal casing gives our customers another powerful tool to unlock the many benefits of 3D sensors”.

This best-in-class 3D camera includes the renowned Orbbec 3D microchip with superior depth resolution. Designed with compactness in mind, the Astra Mini 3D camera is excellent for a wide range of scenarios including gesture control, 3D scanning, and it remains a smash hit with robotic engineers.

There are two types of camera options for different applications. The Astra Mini is designed for long range use and the Astra Mini S is designed for short range needs. Both 3D cameras have impressive technical specs:

Optimized Range: Astra Mini = 0.6m – 5.0m (Astra Mini S = 0.35 – 1.0m)
Depth Resolution: VGA(640 x 480 @ 30 FPS)|QVGA(320 x 240 @ 30 FPS)
RGB Resolution: HD(1280 x 960 @ 7 FPS)|VGA(640 x 480 @ 30 FPS)|QVGA(320 x 240 @ 30 FPS)
Power: <2.4W USB 2.0 Powered
Data Transfer: USB 2.0
Operation Temperature: 0 – 40°C

Again, designed with compactness in mind the Astra Mini provides a critically needed tool for creative coders and innovative businesses. As 3D sensors become more popular you should begin to see Orbbec 3D cameras in use around the globe in offices, classrooms, museums, hospitals, retail spaces, research labs, industrial settings, and more.

The Astra Mini will continue to be sold as a bare 3D module. However, the new Astra Mini metal casing will be sold separately and will be available in the fall of 2017 with the company taking pre-orders soon.

Orbbec is a 3D camera manufacturer that was founded in 2013 and was the first company to design and manufacture a 3D camera computer, the Persee. Orbbec has spent the past four years getting 3D right—perfecting its Orbbec Astra family of 3D cameras. Learn more about Orbbec by visiting its website,