[ros-users] surfels and rviz
stephane.magnenat at mavt.ethz.ch
Wed Feb 2 18:41:18 UTC 2011
In the continuation of our work with the kinect, we are interested at
looking into combining multiple scans using surfels. Surfels  are
oriented surface elements (point+normal+radius), and typically hold
color information and view statistics, to provide intelligence to the
update process. Recent works [2,3] tend to indicate that surfels are
well-suited for RGB-D sensors such as the kinect.
We are interested in adding surfel support to rviz/ros. To that end, it
would be nice to agree on a naming convention for surfels, maybe to add
a corresponding type to pcl/point_types.hpp, and to add support in rviz.
Are there other people around interested in surfels? Are there some best
practice on how to extend the PointCloud(2) support in rviz?
Thank you, kind regards,
 Pfister et al., Surfels: surface elements as rendering primitives
 T Weise et al., In-hand Scanning with Online Loop Closure
 Henry et al. - RGB-D Mapping: Using Depth Cameras for Dense 3D
Modeling of Indoor Environments
Dr Stéphane Magnenat
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