Plenoptic Camera Based Single Aperture Passive Rangefinder

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,926.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
M67854-07-C-6524
Agency Tracking Number:
N071-002-1358
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NANOHMICS, INC.
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100651798
Principal Investigator:
Byron Zollars
Chief Scientist
(512) 389-9990
bzollars@nanohmics.com
Business Contact:
Keith Jamison
President
(512) 389-9990
kjamison@nanohmics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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