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overhead camera, what kind works with ROS?

asked 2014-03-27 12:10:39 -0600

Solmaz gravatar image

What kind of overhead camera (high precision) do you recommend to purchase for object tracking. Is there any particular kind that works the best with the ROS?

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answered 2014-05-21 06:12:17 -0600

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Your question is rather vague and doesn't have enough details. What do you mean by precision? What kind of tracking? What's your desired framerate? Is color important? What resolution? Field of view? Etc.

First, you should take a look at the list of existing camera drivers for ROS. There may be other drivers out there. We've had good luck over here with Allied Vision cameras, and they have quite a few to choose from.

Second, I think you will and should be basing your decision on your application requirements. Yes, you will save time if the camera is already supported, but you can always write a ROS wrapper for a camera. You can't add new features to a camera.

Short version: see what Allied Systems has to offer, and then choose your lens appropriately.

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answered 2014-05-21 06:31:38 -0600

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If you have a decent budget and need very high-precision tracking, there is a ROS driver for the VICON motion capture system:

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