The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, seeks to commercialize an image enhancement system and method for use in poor visibility environments
Navigating your way through the nighttime, whether driving or partaking in a night dive, is dependent on good path lighting. However, light gets absorbed and scattered while propagating within a medium such as murky water or bad weather resulting in poor visibility conditions that increases the safety risk.
Additionally, passive techniques to restore scene contrast by digital post-processing are inadequate when the initial video quality is poor to start. Thus, there is a need to see past objects that can obscure or produce glare such as snow and rain, and murky underwater particles.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, has developed an Array Augmented Parallax Image Enhancement (APIE) system wherein an array of cameras with different parallax are utilized to produce a plurality of raw video streams that are combined to reduce obscurants in an output video stream. Multiple cameras allow unobstructed view of background from at least one camera. The camera array distance is adjustable. An improved control system can post-process multiple video streams to replace obscurants with target images resulting in a composite video stream with the obscurants removed.
- Better visibility: Multiple cameras allows unobstructed view of background from at least one camera.
- Time independent: Post-processing can combine imagery from several different scans
- Creative and automative freedom: To create complementary results, user-regulated pixel by pixel replacement is available via fields of view with different parallax.
- US Patent 9,197,822 is available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy engineers and scientists
- Additional information available at techlinkcenter.org/parallaximaging