Over the past 18 months, the Autonomous Systems Lab has been collaborating with the Project Tango team at Google. This video includes some hints about our efforts to bring this technology together with some of the other localization and mapping technology we have developed in our lab including our work on autonomous driving in V-Charge, and autonomous drone navigation in sFly. Also, Simon Lynen is a hero biking around with his Tango-equipped helmet.
It is great to hear Larry Matthies talk about the history of visual navigation from his time as a grad student working on visual odometry. For anyone interested, this line of visual motion estimation can be traced back to the PhD thesis of Hans Moravec (link). This thesis is absolutely worth a read. It is amazing to see that he implemented a complete modern visual navigation pipeline in the 1970s including feature detection, tracking, triangulation, and nonlinear optimization. At the very least, check out the Introduction chapter for its amazing pictures of old robots.