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Real-Time Range Sensing Video Camera for Human/Robot Interfacing

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2004 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Boulder Nonlinear Systems, Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Real-Time Range Sensing Video Camera for Human/Robot Interfacing
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ04JC49C
Award Amount: $99,973.00


In comparison to stereovision, it is well known that structured-light illumination has distinct advantages including the use of only one camera, being significantly less sensitive to background clutter, and not requiring the target object to have nonambiguous features. But because structured-light illumination requires a scanning process, it is inappropriate for humancomputer interfacing where the movements/gestures of a human subject are of interest. We propose the innovative process of composite pattern design as a means of constructing structured-light illumination patterns that measure surface topologies with only a single image and, thereby, are appropriate for recording real-time depth video. By moving the composite pattern into the Near-Infra-Red wavelength light spectrum and coupling with real-time optical processor, we intend to establish feasibility of a real-time, low latency, ambient light resistant, and high accuracy depth video sensor for producing a depth map of a scene applicable to virtual reality interfaces that permit control of robotic systems through human gestures by way of spatial tracking of user appendages in motion absent any wearable transmitters or markers.

Principal Investigator:

Laurence Hassebrook
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Mark Tanner
Business Official
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Boulder Nonlinear Systems Inc.
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107 Lafayette, CO 80026

EIN/Tax ID: 841118066
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Kentucky
102 Kinkead Hall
Lexington, KY 40506
Contact: Jack Supplee
Contact Phone: (859) 257-8288
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university