Novel Color Depth Mapping Imaging Sensor System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$599,998.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNL06AA15C
Award Id:
76850
Agency Tracking Number:
042233
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St, Suite 100, Austin, TX, 78741
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
KeithJamison
Principal Investigator
(512) 389-9990
kjamison@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
KeithJamison
President
(512) 389-9990
kjamison@nanohmics.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems require information about their surroundings in order to navigate properly. A video camera machine vision system can supply position information of external objects, but no range information. Ideally, a system that, in one package, provides 3-dimensional relative information about external objects is needed. To this end, Nanohmics will develop a lightweight, compact, low power, low cost, modular sensor system that produces a depth map of the surroundings. By combining a color optical camera, a multi-element range finding system, and digital processing electronics, a single low cost sensor system can be designed to provide relative position and anti-collision information i.e. a 3-Dimensional Vehicle Imaging Sensor for Incident Obstacle Navigation (3D VISION MapperTM). The proposed system could, for example, be mounted on the long-neck mast near the PANCAMs and NAVCAMs on Martian robotic rovers.

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