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1. (WO2018085689) CAMERA-BASED HEADING-HOLD NAVIGATION

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/085689    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/059988
Publication Date: Sat May 12 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Sat Nov 04 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G01C 21/36
G01C 17/38
Applicants: THE CHARLES STARK DRAPER LABORATORY, INC.
Inventors: LAINE, Juha-Pekka J.
BORTOLAMI, Simone B.
KORN, Jeffrey
BLASCHE, Gregory P.
JAMULA, Matthew T.
BOHN, Paul A.
DAWSON, Robin Mark Adrian
LANE, Benjamin F.
HOKE, Eric T.
MEISER, Daniel M.
KINAST, Joseph M.
MCCARTHY, Timothy J.
SMITH, Stephen P.
Title: CAMERA-BASED HEADING-HOLD NAVIGATION
Abstract:
A visual navigation system includes a compass configured to orient a user in a heading direction, an image sensor configured to capture a series of successive navigation images in the heading direction, one or more of the navigation images having at least two reference markers, data storage memory configured to store the series of successive navigation images, a navigation processor configured to identify at least one principal marker and at least one ancillary marker from the at least two reference markers, the principal marker positioned within a principal angle and the ancillary marker positioned within an ancillary angle, which is greater than the principal angle, and to determine heading direction information based on a position of the at least one principal marker and/or the at least one ancillary marker in the successive navigation images, and a user interface configured to provide the heading direction information to the user.