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Camera and Vision sensors are becoming more and more popular lately. People find them useful and incorporate them into all kinds of projects that require vision and image processing. With a good algorithm and a powerful processor, these small jewels of technology can detect colors, shapes, faces and objects. The […]

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Pixy CMUcam5 Image Sensor for LEGO

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Discerning shapes and recognizing objects takes humans several years to learn and it is an essential skill to survive and interact with the world around us. Machines also need to learn this important skill and although some researchers have made progress in recognizing objects, shapes and faces, vision processing is still very complex and there […]

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This little gem came to me courtesy of my friend Greg Baker, who is a lecturer in Computer Science at Simon Fraser University. Thanks Greg! This one was too cool to pass up. Gåågle – It’s not as weird to pronounce as you’d think. It’s actually pronounced like Google and you’ll […]

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Roborealm has an interesting tutorial on using machine vision for obstacle avoidance in ground-based vehicles. The tutorial shows a series of image processing steps which can be chained together to detect the “highest” point in an image, based on the ground color. Presumably, that highest point is indicative of the […]

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Shown below is a video of a robot that uses the perceived vanishing point of an image to navigate through a corridor. The robot, based on an iRobot Create, uses a standard webcam and video processing to locate the vanishing point of what it sees, and navigates towards that point. […]

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Howard Gordon who runs Surveyor Corporation just sent me details on their latest product, the Surveyor Stereo Vision System, or SVS for short. The system allows you to record high-resolution full-frame video using two video cameras for a complete stereo vision system. Better yet, the whole set-up is 2.5″ x […]

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A new Japanese robotics magazine, Robot Life, has polled 500 Japanese females to ask them who was their favorite commercial robot. The grand winner was the PaPeRo robot, pictured at left, built by NEC. Also making the top 10 list (though, at a dismal 10th), is our friend Robonova. Wakamaru […]

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