Panoramic viewing system with a composite field of view

  • US 6,700,711 B2
  • Filed: 03/08/2002
  • Issued: 03/02/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/30/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of producing a composite image with a plurality of sensors each having an individual field of view, comprising the steps of:

  • for at least one of the plurality of sensors, redirecting at least a portion of its individual field of view with a reflective area; and

    merging images corresponding to the individual fields of view to produce the composite image having a corresponding field of view, wherein each one of at least two fields of view corresponding to images that are merged has a portion, where the images are merged, that has viewing directions that are substantially similar to the viewing directions of the other portion, and wherein the viewing directions within each one of such two portions appear to originate substantially from a point that is offset from the point for the other one of such two portions.

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