Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: M67854-07-C-6524
Agency Tracking Number: N071-002-1358
Amount: $99,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N07-002
Solicitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Byron Zollars
 Chief Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Keith Jamison
Title: President
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
Nanohmics proposes to design an electro-optical imaging device capable of determining the range to individual objects in a scene without the use of active emitters or multiple apertures. The novel, automated, handheld imaging system is based on a plenoptic camera design, and will be simple to use, providing the range to selected objects in the field of view. The optical system can be adapted to visible imaging devices as well as infrared focal plane arrays. The system will be designed so that it is inexpensive, easy to use by the individual Marine warfighter, rugged, and low in maintenance. The user will be able to view objects in a real-time high resolution color image of the scene, and then switch to range mode and obtain real-time range to objects in a slightly lower-resolution grayscale image – even if those objects are moving. Nanohmics will develop a custom optical system along with embedded digital signal processing electronics and a unique opto-mechanical design; and develop firmware/software algorithms for determining range to objects within the system field-of-view. Optionally the processed image will be coupled with automatic target detection and recognition algorithms.

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