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Spherical visual system for real-time virtual reality and surveillance
Author(s): Su-Shing Chen
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Paper Abstract

A spherical visual system has been developed for full field, web-based surveillance, virtual reality, and roundtable video conference. The hardware is a CycloVision parabolic lens mounted on a video camera. The software was developed at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The mathematical model is developed by Su-Shing Chen and Michael Penna in the 1980s. The parabolic image, capturing the full (360 degrees) hemispherical field (except the north pole) of view is transformed into the spherical model of Chen and Penna. In the spherical model, images are invariant under the rotation group and are easily mapped to the image plane tangent to any point on the sphere. The projected image is exactly what the usual camera produces at that angle. Thus a real-time full spherical field video camera is developed by using two pieces of parabolic lenses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3653, Visual Communications and Image Processing '99, (28 December 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.334641
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Su-Shing Chen, Univ. of Missouri/Columbia (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3653:
Visual Communications and Image Processing '99
Kiyoharu Aizawa; Robert L. Stevenson; Ya-Qin Zhang, Editor(s)

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