Wide-angle Micro Sensors for Vision on a Tight Budget


Koppal SJ, Gkioulekas I, Zickler T, Barrows G. Wide-angle Micro Sensors for Vision on a Tight Budget, in Conference on Vision and Pattrern Recognition. Colorado Springs, CO; 2011.

Date Presented:

June 21-23, 2011


Achieving computer vision on micro-scale devices is a challenge. On these platforms, the power and mass constraints are severe enough for even the most common computations (matrix manipulations, convolution, etc.) to be difficult. This paper proposes and analyzes a class of miniature vision sensors that can help overcome these constraints. These sensors reduce power requirements through template-based optical convolution, and they enable a wide field-of-view within a small form through a novel optical design. We describe the trade-offs between the field of view, volume, and mass of these sensors and we provide analytic tools to navigate the design space. We demonstrate milli-scale prototypes for tasks such as locating edges, tracking targets, and detecting faces.

Project webpage: http://www.koppal.com/microvisionsensors.html