[ros-users] Elpha Camera+FPGA solution?

Eric Berger berger at willowgarage.com
Tue Nov 30 20:40:00 UTC 2010

I believe we have one of these in the building somewhere.

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Radu Bogdan Rusu
<rusu at willowgarage.com> wrote:
> Abe,
> 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? ;)
> Cheers,
> Radu.
> 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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