Stuttgart has just been host to international VISION2009 fair. The world’s leading developers in machinery with artificial sight, also known as machine vision, are gathered there. Among them is the image group from DTU Informatics.
Together with university partners in Lübeck and Bukarest as well as two companies in Zürich and Berlin, the image group at Informatics have developed two new cameras, and developed a series of methods for analyzing applications based on these cameras.
The cameras are based on Time-of-Flight technology. In practice that means that the camera with the aid from a kind of echo sounder can take 3D pictures. On the picture above a 3D picture of a bust can be seen.
At DTU Informatics Flight-of-Time has among other things been used to develop a method of analyzing a person walking. Using film footage of a person walking on a treadmill, a range of physiological relevant walking parameters can be decoded such as length of stride and motion intervals of ankle, knee and hip joint. With the help of this technology a physiotherapist can accurately determine if a person does not walk symmetrically.
The two Time-of-Flight cameras has been developed in connection with the EU project ARTTS and has among others been evaluated by the representative of the EU commission during the fair in Stuttgart. Here the image group received much praise, and the project was characterized as “outstanding dissemination” and “very, very interesting,” – praise that sits well with section leader and professor at DTU Informatics Rasmus Larsen:
“The positive opinion of the commission urges us first of all to continue prioritizing the significant amount of work that lies in arranging both scientific conferences and industrially focused workshops such as DTU’s visionary days. Secondly it confirms that we can contribute with innovative solution in even highly commercial and competitive markets,” says Rasmus Larsen.
The VISION2009 fair lasts from November 3rd – 5th.