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Data Collection for Lidar-Camera Calibration
Calibration Target:
Checkerboard is the calibration target. Any checkerboard of different sizes and different internal corners can be used.
Eg: You can print the attached pdf file on a foam board at 1.0m x 0.6m. Most print shops can print this. It has 5 internal corners horizontally and 9 internal corners vertically. Each square size is 10 cms. And distance from left-most corner is 10cms, the distance from right-most corner is 10 cms, distance from top-most corner is 10 cms, distance from right-most corner is 10cms. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mTR8HTpvROE1Pv0rmXEBVLSxs_yMDnvf/view?usp=sharing

Data for camera-to-lidar extrinsic calibration

Place the checkerboards at roughly 3m - 10m from the camera. For the closest checkerboard, the closer, the better but it should be far enough so that all the edges of the board are visible from the camera and lidar. All the checkerboards should stand on the ground which is as flat as possible. So, it is highly recommended to do this capture inside a building rather than outside. No checkerboard should be occluded by other boards in the camera or lidar view.
The size of the checkerboard squares should be about 10cm. The side of the squares must be parallel to the edge of the checkerboard.
All the checkerboards should be identical. Note that the distance from the edge of the checkerboard to the closest checkerboard corner should be identical too.
For example, please take images like the following.
The boards and all sensors should be static while collecting the data. In order to avoid time-synchronization problems, please keep the boards and the sensors stationary for at least 10 seconds while collecting each set of calibration data.
For example, these are the steps to collect one set of calibration data:
    1.
    Orient the camera toward the checkerboards. Start recording. Wait for 10 seconds (Don't move/rotate your car/robot/sensors). Stop recording. You must have a recording of images and lidar data for 10 seconds. Extract one image from the camera and one frame of lidar data captured 5 seconds after recording has started (e.g. if you start recording at 3:00:00, you stop recording at 3:00:10. We need a frame captured at 3:00:05) and save them. (Dataset front_1)
    2.
    Change the check boards' location and orientation. Start recording. Wait for 10 seconds (Don't move/rotate your car/robot). Stop recording. Again, you must have a recording of images and lidar data for 10 seconds. Extract one image from the camera and one frame of lidar data captured 5 seconds after recording has started and save them. (Dataset front_2)
    3.
    In the same manner, save Dataset front_3, front_4, and front_5.
If you have other cameras, repeat the above procedure 1-3 for each camera. Suppose you have n cameras, then you will have 5n datasets, each of which is a pair of image and lidar data. More specifically, you should have 5n lidar files + 5n png images (5 images for each of n cameras).
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