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Underwater Tracking System Based on Camera Space Manipulation: Static Calibration of GoPro Cameras

[+] Author Affiliations
Felipe de Jesus Martinez Martinez, Antonio Cárdenas

UASLP, San Luis Potosí, México

Lillian Blum, Sabrina Rider, Davide Piovesan

Gannon University, Erie, PA

Paper No. IMECE2017-71795, pp. V003T04A088; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 3: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5836-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Tracking of movement under water is still in its infancy. Difficulties include the designing experimental systems that are able to account for the distortion of dense media and the electrical insulation of the experimental apparatus. We propose a simple and inexpensive underwater system which combines the use of GoPro cameras and camera space manipulation (CSM) algorithms for the tracking of movements under water. A comparison of the GoPro cameras to standard computer vision cameras was performed to verify the effect of fisheye lens distortion on linear and non-linear CSM algorithm. Finally, calibration under water was performed using a linear CSM algorithm obtaining errors comparable with measurements obtained by standard cameras outside of water.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Calibration



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