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AbstractThis paper is about determining whether using a Kinect V2 (Xbox One Kinect) mounted on a LAYLA ground robot can be used to detect obstacles, by generating a heightmap with the depth data. We take several factors into consideration including: framerate, power consumption, field of view, and data noise.
DescriptionMaster's Project (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018
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