31 May 2012 Infrared stereo camera for human machine interface
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Improved situational awareness results not only from improved performance of imaging hardware, but also when the operator and human factors are considered. Situational awareness for IR imaging systems frequently depends on the contrast available. A significant improvement in effective contrast for the operator can result when depth perception is added to the display of IR scenes. Depth perception through flat panel 3D displays are now possible due to the number of 3D displays entering the consumer market. Such displays require appropriate and human friendly stereo IR video input in order to be effective in the dynamic military environment. We report on a stereo IR camera that has been developed for integration on to an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The camera has auto-convergence capability that significantly reduces ill effects due to image doubling, minimizes focus-convergence mismatch, and eliminates the need for the operator to manually adjust camera properties. Discussion of the size, weight, and power requirements as well as integration onto the robot platform will be given along with description of the stand alone operation.
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Richard Edmondson, Richard Edmondson, Justin Vaden, Justin Vaden, David Chenault, David Chenault, } "Infrared stereo camera for human machine interface", Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 83530N (31 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921045; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.921045
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