A Catadioptric Extension for RGB-D Cameras

The typically restricted field of view of visual sensors often imposes limitations on the performance of localization and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) approaches. In this paper, we propose and analyze the combination of an RGB-D camera with two planar mirrors to split the field of view such that it covers both front and rear view of a mobile robot. We describe how to estimate the extrinsic calibration parameters of the modified sensor using a standard parametrization and a reduced one that exploits the properties of the setup. Our experimental evaluation on real-world data demonstrates the robustness of the calibration procedure. Additionally, we show that our proposed sensor modification substantially improves the accuracy and the robustness in a simultaneous localization and mapping task.

  title = {A Catadioptric Extension for {RGB-D} Cameras},
  author = {Felix Endres and Christoph Sprunk and Rainer Kuemmerle and Wolfram Burgard},
  booktitle = {Proc. of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)},
  pages = {466--471},
  year = 2014,
  address = {Chicago, USA},
  month = sep,
  doi = {10.1109/IROS.2014.6942600}
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