Omnidirectional imaging apparatus

  • US 5,760,826 A
  • Filed: 05/10/1996
  • Issued: 06/02/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/10/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An omnidirectional imaging apparatus for sensing an image of a substantially hemispherical scene from a single viewpoint, comprising:

  • (a) a truncated convex substantially paraboloid-shaped reflector positioned to orthographically reflect an image of said substantially hemispherical scene, said paraboloidal reflector having a focus coincident with said single viewpoint of said omnidirectional imaging apparatus, including said reflector;

    (b) telecentric means, optically coupled to said reflector, for substantially filtering out principal rays of electromagnetic radiation which are not orthographically reflected by said reflector; and

    (c) an image sensor positioned to receive said filtered orthographic reflection of said image.

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