Do you ever wonder how they get a computer to:
.. visually identify blemished produce on a rapidly moving conveyor?
.. perfectly color match each batch of paint produced?
.. enhance images with programs like Photoshop?
If you think the answer involves a bunch of math and physics, you would be correct.
And in this day of avatars and CGI, you might think there are tools to help develop these processes. You would be right again.
FRC has one of these tools.
Vision Assistant, provided by National Instruments, can be used to recognize shapes and colors, measure dimensions and track targets on the video image from the camera.
Vision Assistant has the ‘golly-gee-whiz’ factor to engage students who may not otherwise have an interest in programming a computer.
During the first week in December (T,W,Th.. 7 PM), Jim Chastain will be hosting three one hour classes on-line.
These classes will:
- Introduce students to Vision Assistant by walking through the tutorial available from NI
- Complete three specific FRC examples of target acquisition
- Illustrate how to use Vision Assistant to put symbols on Dashboard video display
- Discuss strategy to use this tool in conjunction with C++ and LabVIEW programs.
On line seats are limited. Open to mentors and students.
Please contact Jimc2550@gmail.com to register. Please indicate your team # and geo location