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Methods and Systems for Detecting, Recognizing, and Localizing Pallets

Patent (2018)


Example implementations may relate methods and systems for detecting, recognizing, and localizing pallets. For instance, a computing system may receive sensor data representing aspects of an environment, and identify a set of edge points in the sensor data. The computing system may further determine a set of line segments from the set of edge points where each line segment may fit to a subset of the set of edge points. Additionally, the computing system may also filter the set of line segments to exclude line segments that have a length outside a height range and a width range associated with dimensions of a pallet template, and identify, from the filtered set of line segments, a subset of line segments that align with the pallet template. Based on the identified subset of line segments, the computing system may determine a pose of a pallet in the environment.

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