Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unbounded Robotics to Shut Down Due to Issues With Willow Garage Spin-Off Agreement - IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/industrial-robots/unbounded-robotics-shut-down

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taiwan LIPS Presents ToF Stereo 3D Camera

from:  http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2014/08/taiwan-lips-presents-tof-stereo-3d.html


Taiwan LIPS Presents ToF Stereo 3D Camera

As written in comments to the previous post, Taiwan-based LIPS posted Youtube videos demoing a 3D camera based on combination of ToF and stereo. No explanation of the technology is given, other than saying it's compatible with Primesense openNI 1.5 and 2.x software.



Richard Crisp on 3D Imaging


Image Sensors Americas conference publishes an interview with Richard Crisp from Etron on future of 3D imaging. Few quotes:

"I see the key applications in the area of control, security, visualization and reproduction. Significant market opportunities lie ahead in general-purpose computing/communications platforms (notebook/tablet/smartphone) as well as in fixed function appliances."

"The area of end application concepts, software and infrastructure are major areas of activity today. Once fully deployed, the impact of 3D imaging technology on our everyday life will be transformative in the same way the internet was: it will fundamentally change how we do things."


Additional reading: 

Mantis Vision teardown


iFixit teardown shows that Mantis Vision structured light camera is responsible for Google Project Tango tablet 3D vision. The teardown team quotes Google: "The IR projector is from Mantis Vision, and designed specific to our specs for field of view and resolution. It is custom designed to work in partnership with the 4MP RGB-IR camera on the other side."


4.4 Tera-fps Camera - Sequentially timed all-optical mapping photography (STAMP)

From:  http://image-sensors-world.blogspot.com/2014/08/44-tera-fps-camera.html

4.4 Tera-fps Camera

Nature Photonics publishes a paper from a number Japanese universities and research centers showing 450x450 pixel imaging at 4.4 trillion fps:

"Sequentially timed all-optical mapping photography (STAMP)"
K. Nakagawa, A. Iwasaki, Y. Oishi, R. Horisaki, A. Tsukamoto, A. Nakamura, K. Hirosawa, H. Liao, T. Ushida, K. Goda, F. Kannari & I. Sakuma

The paper is supplemented by a nice videos explaining the camera operation and showing the demo movies (see more videos at the bottom of the Nature Photonics page):

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

nootropic design | Video Experimenter

https://nootropicdesign.com/ve/

They have several very cool video and audio boards for the Arduino.