Firefighting Technology: Robot Creates 3-D Thermal Imaging Pictures

06/07/2013
A new firefighting robot project under development has the potential to develop three-dimensional thermal imager portraits of the interiors of burning structures to better help firefighters navigate emergency scenes. Engineers in the Coordinated Robotics Lab at the University of California, San Diego, have developed new image processing techniques for rapid exploration and characterization of structural fires by small Segway-like robotic vehicles.  A sophisticated on-board software system takes the thermal data recorded by the robot’s small infrared camera and maps it onto a 3-D scene constructed from the images taken by a pair of stereo RGB cameras.  This allows small mobile ro...

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