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

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNJ04JC49C
Agency Tracking Number: 030128
Amount: $99,973.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: T5.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
450 Courtney Way, Unit 107, Lafayette, CO, 80026-2786
DUNS: 602673188
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Laurence Hassebrook
 Principal Investigator
 (859) 257-8040
Business Contact
 Mark Tanner
Title: Business Official
Phone: (303) 604-0077
Research Institution
 University of Kentucky
 Not Available
 102 Kinkead Hall
Lexington, KY, 40506
 (859) 257-8288
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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