The Light Field 3d Scanner


We present a novel light field structure-from-motion (SfM) framework for reliable 3D object reconstruction. Specifically, we use the light field (LF) camera such as Lytro and Raytrix as a virtual 3D scanner. We move an LF camera around the object and register between multiple LF shots. We show that applying conventional SfM on subaperture images is not only expensive but also unreliable due to ultra-small baseline and low image resolution. Instead, our LF-SfM scheme maps ray manifolds across LFs. Specifically, we show how rays passing through a common 3D point transform between two LFs and we develop reliable technique for extracting extrinsic parameters from this ray transform. Next, we apply a new edge-preserving stereo matching technique on individual LFs and conduct LF bundle adjustment to jointly optimize pose and geometry. Comprehensive experiments show our solution outperforms many state-of-the-art passive and even active techniques especially on topologically complex objects.

In IEEE International Conference on Computational Photography
Peihong Yu
Peihong Yu
PhD student

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” –Werner Heisenberg