and when you find something that you like you
could program it up using OpenCV optimized for
your robot. Experimenting with options is
something that RoboRealm does really well.
There is one more down side (to us non-Windows users), however, RoboRealm is currently
a Windows software package only. You can run it
on a virtual machine such as Parallels or VMware,
where it works just fine.
The best part of this software in my opinion,
is you can get RoboRealm free for a 30 day demo.
Or, you can buy it for $89. This is a great price for
Figure 4 shows yours truly experimenting with
tracking a green ball. The little blue square shows
what RoboRealm thinks is the object that it is tracking.
The data written next to it is the coordinates of
the ball. This data can be sent to a robot in a
variety of ways for the robot to track it. Very cool.
You can also see in Figure 4 that there are lots
of modules to choose from. Check out the website,
download the demo, and have fun. In my opinion,
this is a must-have program for your toolbox.
I plan on doing a much more in-depth article
using RoboRealm in the future to track and hunt
other robots on the Critter Crunch battlefield. This
Figure 4. RoboRealm in action.
was just the program I was looking for to handle a
simple vision system to track other robots.
Keep those questions coming and I will do my
best to answer them! As usual, you can reach me
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep on building
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