20 May 2016 Geolocating thermal binoculars based on a software defined camera core incorporating HOT MCT grown by MOVPE
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Geolocation is the process of calculating a target position based on bearing and range relative to the known location of the observer. A high performance thermal imager with integrated geolocation functions is a powerful long range targeting device. Firefly is a software defined camera core incorporating a system-on-a-chip processor running the AndroidTM operating system. The processor has a range of industry standard serial interfaces which were used to interface to peripheral devices including a laser rangefinder and a digital magnetic compass. The core has built in Global Positioning System (GPS) which provides the third variable required for geolocation. The graphical capability of Firefly allowed flexibility in the design of the man-machine interface (MMI), so the finished system can give access to extensive functionality without appearing cumbersome or over-complicated to the user. This paper covers both the hardware and software design of the system, including how the camera core influenced the selection of peripheral hardware, and the MMI design process which incorporated user feedback at various stages.
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Luke Pillans, Luke Pillans, Jack Harmer, Jack Harmer, Tim Edwards, Tim Edwards, Lee Richardson, Lee Richardson, "Geolocating thermal binoculars based on a software defined camera core incorporating HOT MCT grown by MOVPE", Proc. SPIE 9819, Infrared Technology and Applications XLII, 98190N (20 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223952; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223952

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