Foveated sight as observed in some raptor eyes is a motivation for artificial imaging systems requiring both wide fields of view as well as specific embedded regions of higher resolution. These foveated optical imaging systems are applicable to many acquisition and tracking tasks and as such are often required to be relatively portable and operate in real-time. Two approaches to achieve foveation have been explored in the past: optical system design and back-end data processing. In this paper, these previous works are compiled and used to build a framework for analyzing and designing practical foveated imaging systems. While each approach (physical control of optical distortion within the lens design process, and post-processing image re-sampling) has its own pros and cons, it is concluded that a combination of both techniques will further spur the development of more versatile, flexible, and adaptable foveated imaging systems in the future.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging