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360MonoDepth: High-Resolution 360deg Monocular Depth Estimation
360deg cameras can capture complete environments in a single shot, which makes 360deg imagery alluring in many computer vision tasks. However, monocular depth estimation remains a challenge for 360deg data, particularly for high resolutions like 2K (2048x1024) and beyond that are important for novel-view synthesis and virtual reality applications. Current CNN-based methods do not support such high resolutions due to limited GPU memory. In this work, we propose a flexible framework for monocular depth estimation from high-resolution 360deg images using tangent images. We project the 360deg input image onto a set of tangent planes that produce perspective views, which are suitable for the latest, most accurate state-of-the-art perspective monocular depth estimators. To achieve globally consistent disparity estimates, we recombine the individual depth estimates using deformable multi-scale alignment followed by gradient-domain blending. The result is a dense, high-resolution 360deg depth map with a high level of detail, also for outdoor scenes which are not supported by existing methods. Our source code and data are available at https://manurare.github.io/360monodepth/.