Extending kalibr: Calibrating the extrinsics of multiple IMUs and of individual axes

Joern Rehder, Janosch Nikolic, Thomas Schneider, Timo Hinzmann, Roland Siegwart
2016 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)  
An increasing number of robotic systems feature multiple inertial measurement units (IMUs). Due to competing objectives-either desired vicinity to the center of gravity when used in controls, or an unobstructed field of view when integrated in a sensor setup with an exteroceptive sensor for ego-motion estimation-individual IMUs are often mounted at considerable distance. As a result, they sense different accelerations when the platform is subjected to rotational motions. In this work, we derive
more » ... a method for spatially calibrating multiple IMUs in a single estimator based on the open-source camera/IMU calibration toolbox kalibr. We further extend the toolbox to determine IMU intrinsics, enabling accurate calibration of low-cost IMUs. The results suggest that the extended estimator is capable of precisely determining these intrinsics and even of localizing individual accelerometer axes inside a commercial grade IMU to millimeter precision.
doi:10.1109/icra.2016.7487628 dblp:conf/icra/RehderNSHS16 fatcat:5p2qdxg4jvaf7ajri2uxxxb5um