In this paper we describe the Open Vision Computer (OVC) which was designed to support high speed, vision guided autonomous drone flight. In particular our aim was to develop a system that would be suitable for relatively small-scale flying platforms where size, weight, power consumption and computational performance were all important considerations. This manuscript describes the primary features of our OVC system and explains how they are used to support fully autonomous indoor and outdoor exploration and navigation operations on our Falcon 250 quadrotor platform.
Recommended citation: Quigley, Morgan, Kartik Mohta, Shreyas S. Shivakumar, Michael Watterson, Yash Mulgaonkar, Mikael Arguedas, Ke Sun et al. “The open vision computer: An integrated sensing and compute system for mobile robots.” In 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 1834-1840. IEEE, 2019.