Superfast 3D absolute shape measurement using five binary patterns

Jae Sang Hyun, Song Zhang

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This paper presents a method that recovers high-quality 3D absolute coordinates point by point with only five binary patterns. Specifically, three dense binary dithered patterns are used to compute the wrapped phase; and the average intensity is combined with two additional binary patterns to determine fringe order pixel by pixel in phase domain. The wrapped phase is temporarily unwrapped point by point by referring to the fringe order. We further developed a computational framework to reduce random noise impact due to dithering, defocusing and random noise. Since only five binary fringe patterns are required to recover one 3D frame, extremely high speed 3D shape measurement can be achieved. For example, we developed a system that captures 2D images at 3333 Hz, and thus performs 3D shape measurement at 667 Hz.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalOptics and Lasers in Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation , USA under grant numbers CMMI-1531048 . The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NSF.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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