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Progress in video immersion using Panospheric imaging
Author(s): Stephen L. Bogner; David T. Southwell; Steven G. Penzes; Chris A. Brosinsky; Ron Anderson; Doug M. Hanna
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Paper Abstract

Having demonstrated significant technical and marketplace advantages over other modalities for video immersion, PanosphericTM Imaging (PI) continues to evolve rapidly. This paper reports on progress achieved since AeroSense 97. The first practical field deployment of the technology occurred in June-August 1997 during the NASA-CMU 'Atacama Desert Trek' activity, where the Nomad mobile robot was teleoperated via immersive PanosphericTM imagery from a distance of several thousand kilometers. Research using teleoperated vehicles at DRES has also verified the exceptional utility of the PI technology for achieving high levels of situational awareness, operator confidence, and mission effectiveness. Important performance enhancements have been achieved with the completion of the 4th Generation PI DSP-based array processor system. The system is now able to provide dynamic full video-rate generation of spatial and computational transformations, resulting in a programmable and fully interactive immersive video telepresence. A new multi- CCD camera architecture has been created to exploit the bandwidth of this processor, yielding a well-matched PI system with greatly improved resolution. While the initial commercial application for this technology is expected to be video tele- conferencing, it also appears to have excellent potential for application in the 'Immersive Cockpit' concept. Additional progress is reported in the areas of Long Wave Infrared PI Imaging, Stereo PI concepts, PI based Video-Servoing concepts, PI based Video Navigation concepts, and Foveation concepts (to merge localized high-resolution views with immersive views).

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 September 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3363, Cockpit Displays V: Displays for Defense Applications, (14 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321765
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen L. Bogner, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
David T. Southwell, Panoramic Viewing Systems, Inc. (Canada)
Steven G. Penzes, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
Chris A. Brosinsky, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
Ron Anderson, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
Doug M. Hanna, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3363:
Cockpit Displays V: Displays for Defense Applications
Darrel G. Hopper, Editor(s)

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