Multiple-View Genlocked Camera

Period of Performance: 06/27/2003 - 02/27/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Freestyle Technologies, Inc.
4152 Aldrich Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Principal Investigator


Freestyle Technology, Inc. proses to design an build a six-camera video imaging device for use in navigation research. The individual cameras will be attached to two-meter tethers to allow for flexible placement on a variety of platforms. All cameras will be genlocked to a common signal to assure that corresponding pixels in each camera are sampled at the same time. A user interface will be provided to allow the user to set individual camera parameters and to sample individual frames or sequences of frames from the camera system. Optical flow algorithms will be developed and embdedded in the user interface to allow for the estimate of motion parameters of interest for navigation purposes. A multiple-view genlock camera (MCGV) system will be of value for all types of robotic air and land vehicles. It is anticipated that a navigator based on the MVGC will be of lower cost than a MEMS-based IMU and have a lower drift rate.