Design and Analysis of a Single-Camera Omnistereo Sensor for Quadrotor Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs)
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Supplementary Materials for the "Design and Analysis of a Single-Camera Omnistereo Sensor for Quadrotor Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs)"

The following iPython Notebooks reproce the analysis plots performed over the Theoretical Model for the catadioptric omnidirectional stereo sensor proposed in the corresponding Sensors Article published in February 6, 2016.

Demonstration and Analysis Plots

Derivation of Analytical Solutions to Projection and Back-Projection of Theorical Omnistereo Model

Copyright (C) 2016 under the Gnu Public License version 2 (GPL2)

WARNING: This code is at an experimental stage

Project Overview

omnistereo_sensor_design is a proof-of-concept written in Python for depth perception using a custom-designed catadioptric omnidirectional stereo sensor.


Python Modules:

For instance Using Python 3.5, with pip3, install the following modules:

$ pip3 install numpy
$ pip3 install scipy
$ pip3 install sympy

For visualization:

$ pip3 install matplotlib
$ pip3 install mpldatacursor

NOTE: In Linux, you may get Permission Denied errors that can be solved by:

$ sudo rm -rf ~/.cache/pip/

(Optional) For 3D Visualization:

$ pip3 install vispy


$ pip3 install visvis

(Required) OpenCV 3

The following guide uses Homebrew for Mac OS X:


Make sure you have installed the XCode CLI tools are all installed:

$ ls -lah /usr/include/sys/types.h 

If not, try:

$ xcode-select --install

The last release of OpenCV's Deep Neural Network module requires Google's Protocol Buffers

$ brew install protobuf    

However, it may fail to find a "suitable threading library available." If so, disable DNN within the CMake configuration (in the next steps)

Optional requirement:

Install Qt4 from Homebrew.

$ brew install qt4

Then, install PyQT

$ brew install pyqt --with-python3

It can be tested from a Python Shell:

>>> from PyQt4.QtGui import *

Install OpenCV 3

The Easy Way Via Homebrew (Mac OS X only):
$ brew install opencv3 --with-contrib --with-ffmpeg --with-gphoto2 --with-gstreamer --with-jasper --with-libdc1394 --with-openni2 --with-python3 --with-qt --with-tbb

$ brew link --overwrite --force opencv3
The Hard (more powerful) Way from Source Code:

Clone OpenCV 3 from the repo

$ cd ~/src
$ git clone

And also the contributed modules:

$ git clone    

Then, configure the installation:

$ cd opencv
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ ccmake ../
Configure OpenCV via CMake

To build OpenCV with Qt4 and Python 3.5, try without the GUI configuration:

Under OS X:
$ cmake -D CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RELEASE -D CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local -DWITH_QT=4 -D BUILD_opencv_python3=ON -D PYTHON3_EXECUTABLE=/usr/local/bin/python3 -D PYTHON3_PACKAGES_PATH=lib/python3.5/site-packages -D PYTHON3_LIBRARY=/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/lib/libpython3.5m.dylib -D PYTHON3_INCLUDE_DIR=/usr/local/Cellar/python3/3.5.1/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.5/include/python3.5m -D INSTALL_C_EXAMPLES=OFF -D INSTALL_PYTHON_EXAMPLES=OFF -D BUILD_EXAMPLES=OFF -D OPENCV_EXTRA_MODULES_PATH=/YOUR/PATH/TO/opencv_contrib/modules -D BUILD_opencv_viz=OFF ..

Then, compile, and install as usual:

$ make
$ make install
In Ubuntu Linux

In Ubuntu 14.04, use: (won't install Python 3 support)


Compile, and install:

$ make -j2
$ sudo checkinstall

$ sudo sh -c 'echo "/usr/local/lib" > /etc/'
$ sudo ldconfig

NOTE: The new package has been installed and saved to ~/src/opencv/build/build_20160308-1_amd64.deb. You can remove it from your system anytime using:

$ dpkg -r build

(Optional) PCL:

To install the PCL 1.7.2 version using the formula, execute the following command (it worked on 2016/02/23) without support for VTK 7.

1) Install vtk (latest version, watch out for compatibilities!)

$ brew install vtk

or more explicit:

$ brew install vtk --with-qt --with-matplotlib --with-examples

2) Build PCL

$ brew install pcl --without-vtk
$ brew link --overwrite pcl
$ brew linkapps pcl 

3) Build the PCL Python wrapper python-pcl

First, get cython

$ pip3 install cython

Using python-pcl

$ cd ~/src
$ git clone
$ cd python-pcl
$ python install

In Python 3,

$ python3 install

When attempting a reinstall do this:

$ pip uninstall python-pcl
$ make clean
$ make all
$ python install

Finally, just make sure the Python's PCL package exists as /usr/local/lib/python2.7/site-packages/pcl

$ pip show python-pcl


$ pip3 show python-pcl    

If problems,

  • Open a new terminal sesion and check with pip again.

  • Check what this command says:

      $ otool -L /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/pcl/ | grep libpcl

Python-PCL doesn't support color, only types PointXYZ. Using C++, the PointCloud and the Colors can be registered (merged) to be become of type PointXYZRGB

Running the Demo

Add omnistereo to your $PYTHONPATH:

To your .bashrc file, you may add:

# Omnistereo project stuff for Python
if [ -z $PYTHONPATH ]

Save, close, and reopen your Terminal

Run Python as Usual:

$ python