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Cool idea, I imagine the improvement of camera technologies in recent years makes this a more practice approach.
Any idea how the weight and volume of this system, using the larger camera and fish-eye lens, compares to a system with a smaller camera having the equivalent resolution and light sensitivity of the cropped portion placed on a gimbal?
What's the onboard computer? If it's something with a GPU, I imagine you can do anti-distortion using that pretty efficiently.And, the $1M question: Is the additional cost of the larger sensor smaller than the saved cost of the servos you eliminate? Or is this mostly about weight savings?
The undistortion can be done on a 1.6Ghz dual core atom board without the need for the GPU
That sounds like an order of magnitude more cost and power than necessary to me :-)FWIW: The integrated mobile GPUs on devices such as the Raspberry Pi should be able to do un-warping at 60 Hz, at lower power, lower weight, and lower cost.