The Great Candle Act:
Screenshot of my program:
Hi everyone! I’ve just made the most exciting thing I’ve ever made in my whole entire life. Yup, it’s the laser guided camera panner I was talking about! I’ve increased the angle of rotation of my ol’ parallel port controlled floppy drive camera panner by making some small mechanical adjustments. I’ve written a program which captures images from my webcam and scans those images for the brightest pixel. This bright pixel is usually a laser dot in this experiment. After finding the laser dot, it determines its position and moves the floppy drive stepper motor to turn the camera towards it. Check out my YouTube videos above to see it in action!
Since my code searches for the brightest pixel, it even works with candle light. Not only that, it can also track infrared light (which is invisible to the naked eye!). I used my TV remote as an infrared light source, and my camera tracked it quite nicely (not shown in the videos).
My future plan is to modify my program to use motion tracking instead of finding the brightest pixel for tracking moving objects. This way, the camera panner will be able to track objects which are moving without…“candles”! :)
As always, I’d love to hear your comments and ideas… :)