Virginia Patent of the Month – February 2022

Van Gogh Imaging, Inc. is a leading 3D computer vision software and algorithms supplier. They enable their customers with state-of-the-art technology for capturing and tracking their world no matter the environment. Van Gogh Imaging recently sought to take advantage of 5G deployment  in order to make their computer vision applications more accessible on mobile devices which previously would have run too slowly or consumed too much battery power. 

Taking advantage of the cloud computing technology Van Gogh Imaging 3D object capture an object reconstruction technology cannot operate faster and more reliably. To achieve this van Gogh Imaging used a sensor coupled to a mobile device which captures

  1. Depth maps of physical objects ;
  2. Depth maps including pose information; and 
  3. Color images of the object. 

When connected to 5G the device can generate a new 3D model of the object based on these depth maps and color images if a 3D model of the object has not already been generated. If a model has already been generated, the system can instead update that existing model based on these new data points. In either case, the 3D model can be transmitted to the mobile device much more rapidly than would have been previously possible. 

With this edge cloud technology, object tracking is faster because the edge cloud has more powerful computing resources compared to a processor available in the mobile device.  By leveraging the edge cloud processing power, the system can track higher frames per second as well as create more accurate pose information to be used in 3D reconstruction. Alongside increased processing power the system can now use more dense point clouds and higher-resolution RGB images resulting in improved 3D model quality. With this technology we can now process more object types including smaller and larger objects flexible objects and entire scene reconstruction. Van Gogh imaging’s innovation make 3D object capture more accessible and more robust.

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