A range sensing technique is demonstrated that finds the 3-D shape of diffusely reflecting objects. The technique works sequentially in depth direction and is based on structured illumination and focus sensing. A TV camera and analog electronics are used to find the locations in focus of each step of a focus series in TV real time. The depth resolution is not very high, however, the technique is simple, rapid, and well suited to get an overview of a scene in robot vision.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 17, 1988
Published: November 15, 1988
K. Engelhardt and Gerd Häusler, "Acquisition of 3-D data by focus sensing," Appl. Opt. 27, 4684-4689 (1988)