Jabil Inc. announced that its renowned optical design center in Jena, Germany is currently developing a novel omnidirectional sensor for robotic and industrial platforms. By combining a custom optical assembly with an innovative active illumination approach, a new 3D time-of-flight (ToF) depth sensor with an industry-leading 360° x 60° field of view is being developed. The ground-breaking, solid-state design is one of several sensing systems Jabils optical business unit (Jabil Optics) is designing to support lower-cost autonomous mobile robotics and collaborative robotics platforms. In contrast to conventional ToF cameras, the immersive field of view of Jabils omnidirectional sensor allows for seamless detection and tracking of objects in a robots path, aimed at improving both obstacle avoidance and worker safety. Additionally, Jabils inventive use of scene information to dynamically control illumination significantly reduces sensor noise while improving both data quality and power management.