3DS-colorimeter based on a mobile phone camera for industrial applications

Jari Miettinen, Birgitta Martinkauppi, Pekka Suopajärvi

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    Colour gives an essential finishing touch to many products. Consumers find it as an important factor, for example, when selecting doors, furniture, parquet and coated metal products. Currently, colour evaluation is often carried out by looking at the product. Since people's memory for an exact colour is poor, this method often produces unsatisfactory results in industrial quality control. In this paper, we discuss how to solve this problem by the use of a colour measurement technology for mobile phones equipped with a suitable accessory. Mobile phones provide a suitable monitor platform even for laymen as people are increasingly using their mobile devices for purposes of entertainment, communication and business, thus making them a familiar device to use. Our 3DS-colorimeter is a new, handheld, low-cost consumer/industrial-level prototype combining both a colorimeter feature and 3D surface measurement feature. In this paper, we describe its colorimeter features shortly and demonstrate its performance in measurement repeatability and colorimetric accuracy. As an application example, we show its usefulness for monitoring the colour appearance of painted doors. This study indicates that the 3DS-colorimeter is applicable to industrial quality control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSensors, Cameras, and Systems for Industrial and Scientific Applications XIV
    EditorsRalf Widenhorn, Antoine Dupret
    PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
    ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-9432-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventSensors, Cameras, and Systems for Industrial and Scientific Applications XIV - Burlingame, CA, United States
    Duration: 3 Feb 20137 Feb 2013

    Publication series

    SeriesProceedings of SPIE


    ConferenceSensors, Cameras, and Systems for Industrial and Scientific Applications XIV
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBurlingame, CA


    • colorimeter
    • colour appearance
    • mobile


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