[ros-users] Elpha Camera+FPGA solution?

Abe Bachrach abachrach at gmail.com
Tue Nov 30 22:07:59 UTC 2010

I didn't say "ultimate robotic sensor" ;-)

I think a 5MPixel 3D sensor would go in a different category altogether...

On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 2:37 PM, 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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