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Design issues for stereo vision systems used on tele-operated robotic platforms
Author(s): Richard Edmondson; Justin Vaden; Brian Hyatt; Jim Morris; J. Larry Pezzaniti; David B. Chenault; Joe Tchon; Tracy Barnidge; Seth Kaufman; Brad Pettijohn
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Paper Abstract

The use of tele-operated Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) for military uses has grown significantly in recent years with operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In both cases the safety of the Soldier or technician performing the mission is improved by the large standoff distances afforded by the use of the UGV, but the full performance capability of the robotic system is not utilized due to insufficient depth perception provided by the standard two dimensional video system, causing the operator to slow the mission to ensure the safety of the UGV given the uncertainty of the perceived scene using 2D. To address this Polaris Sensor Technologies has developed, in a series of developments funded by the Leonard Wood Institute at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, a prototype Stereo Vision Upgrade (SVU) Kit for the Foster-Miller TALON IV robot which provides the operator with improved depth perception and situational awareness, allowing for shorter mission times and higher success rates. Because there are multiple 2D cameras being replaced by stereo camera systems in the SVU Kit, and because the needs of the camera systems for each phase of a mission vary, there are a number of tradeoffs and design choices that must be made in developing such a system for robotic tele-operation. Additionally, human factors design criteria drive optical parameters of the camera systems which must be matched to the display system being used. The problem space for such an upgrade kit will be defined, and the choices made in the development of this particular SVU Kit will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7524, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI, 75240X (24 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.840521
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Richard Edmondson, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Justin Vaden, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Brian Hyatt, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Jim Morris, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
J. Larry Pezzaniti, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David B. Chenault, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Joe Tchon, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)
Tracy Barnidge, Rockwell Collins, Inc. (United States)
Seth Kaufman, Foster-Miller, Inc. (United States)
Brad Pettijohn, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7524:
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XXI
Andrew J. Woods; Nicolas S. Holliman; Neil A. Dodgson, Editor(s)

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