The robots recognize the environment or perceive objects in its path using several technologies such as laser and sonar sensors, or the traditional vision system represented by digital camera sensors. These little devices that provide images for robotic applications are the subject of this article, where you can find the most used vision camera sensors in robotics as well as tutorials and resources to work with these.
A digital camera sensor represents the vision system that allows any robot to recognize, inspect and analyze large amount of information. Even I talk about a drone that uses cameras to detect potential obstacles, a mobile robot designed to recognize the environment and finding their way to a power plug, or a humanoid robot that recognizes faces, all of these robots uses specialized sensors and highly advanced vision systems.
The machine vision is getting serious to revolutionize the robotic industry including service or industrial applications. If you plan to build the next generation of robots that are able to see like a human, you can start from this article and learn how to interface and program the vision sensors.
Compatible with Arduino single board computer, the TTL JPEG camera allows several capturing modes including here VGA (640×480), QVGA (320×240), or QQVGA (160×120). With a viewing angle of 60 degrees and a CMOS sensor with 30M, this image vision sensor was developed to add a clear image to any robot supposed to various light conditions and designed for navigation, security, or entertainment. Continue Reading →