The rc_reason SLAM Module is an optional software component that can be easily installed on-board any rc_visard and operated through the sensor’s standard interface. This software module enables any rc_visard to map its environment and to optimize its pose estimate through the recognition of revisited places.
The rc_reason SLAM module is an essential element of most mobile navigation applications as it provides accurate and drift free localization – with no GPS required. It is recommended to activate this add-on when mobile applications require longer robot trajectories within a confined area, including the return to previously visited places.
Corrections are applied online to the rc_visard’s real-time estimates of its current pose as well as the complete past trajectory, which is also made available for 2D/3D map generation.
The sensor is not restricted to planar motion – free movement in 3D is supported.
Please note that the SLAM Module cannot be used in combination with the FULL resolution stereo setting; its use is restricted to LOW-MEDIUM-HIGH resolution, which is fully sufficient for typical mobile navigation applications.
Downloads and Links
rc_visard product documentation: chapter on SLAM (html)
rc_visard complete product documentation (.pdf)
Example program for point cloud and map visualization