[ros-users] Elpha Camera+FPGA solution?

Radu Bogdan Rusu rusu at willowgarage.com
Tue Nov 30 19:37:46 UTC 2010


Interesting - thanks for sharing this. I wasn't aware of this company.

"Elphel Inc. has been creating the worlds first open camera systems based on free (GNU/GPL) software and  open hardware. 
Elphel Inc. is an Utah based company which went into business in 2001 and was founded  by the digital imaging specialist 
Andrey Filippov (PhD) who before worked for the General Physics Institute  in Moscow, Russia,  in the area of high-speed 
high-resolution, mixed signal design, application of PLDs and  FPGAs, microprocessor-based embedded system hardware and 
software design, with a special focus on  image acquisition methods for laser physics studies and computer automation of 
scientific experiments."

http://wiki.elphel.com/index.php?title=Roadmap - also interesting: "CMOS sensor-specific distortions caused by the 
Electronic Rolling Shutter do not need to be removed realtime - the PC power may be not enough to do so. It is perfectly 
OK to be able to just post-process the video recorded from the camera."

Not sure about this being the ultimate camera for robotics though =) Where's all the 3D love? ;) How about a 5MPixel 
PrimeSense 3D sensor? ;)


On 11/30/2010 11:10 AM, Abe Bachrach wrote:
> Hi there,
> Has anyone tried/used the elphel camera system?
> http://www3.elphel.com/
> It is an open source software/hardware "smart" camera system that combines the camera with an FPGA, and an embedded
> processor.
> It looks like it would be very useful for robotics applications; however, it is currently only available with a 5Mpix
> sensor with a ROLLING shutter.
> It seems to me that if they (or someone else) developed a sensor-head with a global shutter, (and integrated it with an
> IMU) it could be the ultimate camera for robotics applications.
> Does anyone have experience with it?
> thanks,
> -=Abe
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