Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spheron camera does 3D measurements..?

Happened to read about the Spheron camera today and found out that it also does 3D measurements. As their homepage is rather vague about the technology behind it (or rather the description is easy to overlook) it took me some time to find out how it is done. It seems that for 3D measurements you have to shoot two panoramas at different heights and from these two images, simple parallax measurements give you the position in 3D space.

Sounds easy but raised a few questions. How do you measure the position of objects near the "poles" as approaching the poles, separation between the two images disappears? Do you have to measure the set and mark the distance between two points on the image to give the scene it's scale?

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