High-resolution, real-time three-dimensional imaging
Center: Goddard Space Flight Center
An apparatus and method for three-dimensional range imaging, like Google Earth. This technology utilizes a lens system to illuminate an object with an array of optical spots to generate a topographic profile. This system improves on both Scanning LiDAR systems and Flash LiDAR systems by producing real-time three-dimensional images at television frame rates (30 frames per second)
System/subsystem/component validation in relevant environment: Thorough testing of prototyping in representative environment. Basic technology elements integrated with reasonably realistic supporting elements. Prototyping implementations conform to target environment and interfaces.
Robotic vision and guidance, surface characterization, terrestrial surveying, vehicle collision avoidance, medical imaging, remote sensing (ie. LiDAR mapping)
Invention Disadvantages and Possible Mitigation:
Crowded market for 3-D range imaging. Technology must prove to be distinctively differentiated than current offerings