Omniview motionless camera orientation system

  • US RE36,207 E
  • Filed: 07/12/1996
  • Issued: 05/04/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/13/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A device for providing perspective corrected views of a selected portion of a hemispherical view in a desired format that utilizes no moving parts, which comprises:

  • a camera imaging system for receiving optical images and for producing output signals corresponding to said optical images;

    fisheye lens means attached to said camera imaging system for producing said optical images, throughout said hemispherical field-of-view, for optical conveyance to said camera imaging system;

    image capture means for receiving said output signals from said camera imaging system and for digitizing said output signals from said camera imaging system;

    input image memory means for receiving said digitized signals;

    image transform processor means for processing said digitized signals in said input image memory means according to selected viewing angles and magnification, and for producing output transform calculation signals according to a combination of said digitized signals, said selected viewing angles and said selected magnification;

    output image memory means for receiving said output signals from said image transform processor means;

    input means for selecting said viewing angles and magnification;

    microprocessor means for receiving said selected viewing angles and magnification from said input means and for converting said selected viewing angles and magnification for input to said image transform processor means to control said processing of said transform processor means; and

    output means connected to said output image memory means for recording said perspective corrected view according to said selected viewing angles and magnification.

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