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1. (WO2018128670) 360 DEGREE CAMERA MOUNT FOR DRONES AND ROBOTS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/128670    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/057898
Publication Date: Fri Jul 13 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 24 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: G03B 17/56
G03B 37/04
Applicants: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
Inventors: HUTSON, Donald
BARRIAC, Gwendolyn Denise
FERRELL, Paul
Title: 360 DEGREE CAMERA MOUNT FOR DRONES AND ROBOTS
Abstract:
An apparatus for mounting cameras to a drone may include a frame having camera mounts for mounting two 190-degree field-of-view cameras in a back-to-back orientation. Positioning two 190-degree field-of-view cameras in a back-to-back orientation enables obtaining 360-degree field-of-view by stitching images from the two cameras together. The frame may be configured to position the cameras at a 30-40-degree tilt angle (e.g., 35°) with respect to a main axis of the drone to enable the respective images to be stitched together with reduced stitch lines while allowing the lower-facing camera to be used for viewing the ground. In some embodiments, the camera apparatus may be mounted to a drone dampening system.