Ricoh has been developing stereo cameras for a wide range of applications on the JOIPO platform, a fusion of proprietary technologies in optics, image processing, and device mounting nurtured over many years. For industrial applications, the RICOH SV-M-S1 stereo camera is already available and used for 3D measurement in areas where speed, accuracy, and versatility are required. It is used in many systems including robot vision, monitoring, and object recognition systems.
For in-car-mounted systems, Ricoh started mass-production of the world's smallest in-car-use stereo camera in October 2016. In September 2017, Ricoh started mass-production of an in-car-use stereo camera that can recognize even minor roughness of road surfaces, using Ricoh's proprietary dense stereo matching technology used in 3D image processing.
Ricoh's ultrawide-angle stereo camera can also now be installed on a drone, enabling the drone to fly autonomously in a non-GPS environment and avoid obstacles in its path.
These technological strengths have been exploited in the development of this new super telephoto stereo camera. The new camera features 4K resolution and captures information at long distances in real time.
High-resolution (4K), real-time distance measurement captures objects up to 1,000 meters away.
The super telephoto stereo camera has a range of applications, including aviation and railroad systems where long-distance information is valuable as well as harbor control where remote objects need to be monitored.
Ricoh's original optical design and calibration technologies (precision technologies in optical properties evaluation, image correction based on optical properties, and device mounting) have been optimized for long distance measurement. Accuracy is guaranteed for short and long distances alike.
Ricoh's proprietary image technologies have now been optimized and implemented as hardware. 4K stereo images are processed in real time and outputs are obtained quickly.
A monocular camera does not allow distance measurement to a remote moving object of unknown size. The super telephoto stereo camera makes it possible to measure the distance to a remote object in real time.
Ricoh will continue to utilize the technological assets of its stereo cameras to promote research and development, thus contributing to the security and safety of society.