The main objective of the project is to integrate optical, hardware, and software technology for the realization of a smart visual sensor, and to demonstrate its utility in key application areas. In particular our intention is to design and realize a low-cost, miniaturized digital camera acquiring panoramic (360 deg) images and performing a useful low-level processing on the incoming stream of images.
The key technologies are two: panoramic mirrors and space-variant CMOS visual sensors. By designing an appropriate matching between the curvature of the mirror and the geometry of the photosite array of the visual sensor the microcamera will deliver panoramic images immediately usable by a human observer that can be processed without previous mapping.
These two technologies are an ideal match to obtain a small-size and low-cost device for application areas such as surveillance, navigation control in robotics and telepresence.
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