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IndustryArtificial Intelligence, AR/VR, drones, Robotics
Founded2010 (2010)
  • Cécile Schmollgruber
  • Edwin Azzam
  • Olivier Braun
  • Montrouge, Montrouge
Area served
ZED, ZED 2, ZED Mini
Number of employees

StereoLabs is a French technology company headquartered in Paris, France. It specializes in computer stereo vision. It currently supplies video analytic services to companies in various industries (retail, multimedia, transportation, healthcare, etc.) on topics such as security, commerce, entertainment. It operates mainly in Europe and in North America and has offices in France, United States and Hong Kong.


Stereolabs was founded in 2010 by three former students from the École supérieure d'optique (also nicknamed IOGS), a leading French “grande ecole” in the optics field. The company came to light following a school project for a hospital, the CHU of Tours, in 2008[1]. The project was to prototype a 3D endoscope that could give better relief images of MRIs or scans to help surgeons have a better diagnostic of potential diseases. The company was then spotted by Samsung and got a chance to be included in Essec’s start-ups incubator[2].

Rapidly, Stereolabs diversified in other domains, especially in the audiovisual industry. The company moved near San Francisco and inspired the Hollywood cinema. In 2012, the company was spotted by James Cameron during the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Stereolabs (partially) took a significant part in the 3D special effects in the next Avatar film. It also contributed to diffuse sports events[3]. By 2014, the company had expanded its fields of application to provide global video analysis (traffic analysis, object and positional tracking, people counting, etc.). Almost all the research and development is currently based in the Paris office.


StereoLabs currently sells ZED 3D cameras that capture data for smart analytics. They are made of two optical sensors which reconstruct the 3d depth. This process gives far better precision than 2d images. ZED map surrounding areas and extract 3D relevant information. More than 50 000 cameras have been sold across the world since its release date in 2015[4]. ZED cameras are mainly exploited for robotics, drones, autonomous driving, AR/VR and Security[5]. In 2020, special tools were developed on those cameras to measure social distance and respond to issues due to Coronavirus pandemic [6].


  1. Deleuze, Remy (November 16, 2015). "Les images en relief de Stereolabs rayonnent au cinéma et dans le médical". Capital. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  2. Gourdon, Jessica (January 28, 2016). "Comment Cécile Schmollgruber a conquis le monde de la 3D". French Morning. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  3. Delacharlery, Matthieu (February 21, 2018). "Cécile Schmollgruber, la Française pionnière de la 3D qui a tapé dans l'oeil de James Cameron". LCI. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  4. Nichols, Greg (May 28, 2015). "Stereolabs announces huge hardware breakthrough: human vision". ZDNet. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  5. Dove, Jackie (May 29, 2015). "ZED stereo camera simulates human visual depth perception". The Next Web. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  6. Rousselle, Laurent (June 15, 2020). "Stereolabs impose le respect des distances". l’Usine Nouvelle. Retrieved December 12, 2020.

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