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Latest developments in micro-optical artificial compound eyes: A promising approach for next generation ultracompact machine vision

: Duparré, J.; Radtke, D.; Brückner, A.; Bräuer, A.


Meriaudeau, F. ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.; Society for Imaging Science and Technology -IS&T-:
Machine vision applications in industrial inspection XV : 29 - 30 January 2007, San Jose, California, USA; Proceedings of Electronic imaging, science and technology
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2007 (SPIE Proceedings Series 6503)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-6616-7
Paper 65030I
Conference "Machine Vision Applications in Industrial Inspection" <15, 2007, San Jose/Calif.>
Annual Symposium Electronic Imaging, Science and Technology <19, 2007, San Jose/Calif.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IOF ()
compact vision system; insect vision; artificial compound eye; hyperacuity; circumferential vision; microlens array imaging; microoptic

The visual revolution triggered by the commercial application of digital image capturing devices generates the need for new miniaturized and cheap optical imaging systems and cameras. However, in imaging we observe a permanent miniaturization of elements but always similar optical principles are applied which have been known to the optical designers for many decades.
With the newly gained spectrum of technological capabilities in microoptics such as photolithography it is time to exploit completely new imaging principles such as for instance the microlens array imaging. In this paper we present an overview of our latest developments on: the technology and image processing of the artificial apposition compound eye, a rotating artificial apposition compound eye column for panoramic vision, an artificial apposition compound eye on a curved basis and an ultra-short, large object-size microscope.