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This paper presents a color structured light technique for recovering object shape from one or more images. The technique works by projecting a pattern of stripes of alternating colors and matching the projected color transitions with observed edges in the image. The correspondence problem is solved using a novel, multi-pass dynamic programming algorithm that eliminates global smoothness assumptions and strict ordering constraints present in previous formulations. The resulting approach is suitable for generating both high-speed scans of moving objects when projecting a single stripe pattern and high-resolution scans of static scenes using a short sequence of time-shifted stripe patterns. In the latter case, space-time analysis is used at each sensor pixel to obtain inter-frame depth localization. Results are demonstrated for a variety of complex scenes.
Date of Conference: 2002