BRAND: A robust appearance and depth descriptor for RGB-D images
This work introduces a novel descriptor called Binary Robust Appearance and Normals Descriptor (BRAND), that efficiently combines appearance and geometric shape information from RGB-D images, and is largely invariant to rotation and scale transform. The proposed approach encodes point information as a binary string providing a descriptor that is suitable for applications that demand speed performance and low memory consumption. Results of several experiments demonstrate that as far as precision and robustness are con- cerned, BRAND achieves improved results when compared to state of the art descriptors based on texture, geometry and combination of both information. We also demonstrate that our descriptor is robust and provides reliable results in a registration task even when a sparsely textured and poorly illuminated scene is used.