Computer Vision / Final Project

Computer Vision:

Computer vision seems much harder than the way the article explains. Despite the author breaking down the idea into three elementary techniques used by computer vision, it’s still hard to get a grasp of what is meant by frame differencing, background subtraction, and brightness thresholding. Reading about the idea of how computer vision works is tricky for me (looks like there’s many mathematical equations that aren’t explained to isolate objects), but with a demonstration, it probably won’t seem as hard. Computer vision seems to be very frustrating to work with because there’s many room for error. Regardless, I’m excited to use some computer vision concepts in any interactive projects I might work with since it’s great at tracking people’s activities. Now that I think about it, many of the art gallery places and videos shown in class has a lot to do with computer vision.

Final Project:

For the final project, I worked on the ProcessingJS part of it. It’s basically a class of ripples. For the time being, the ripples only appear when you click on the screen. Other than ripples, I also created one with points coming from where the mouse is pressed. Currently, the way it’s programmed, only one or the other pattern will show up since I’m commenting out code depending on which pattern I want. I am planning on using Arduino to pick which pattern to run when the user plays with the program. It’d probably be mapped with the analog value of a sensor that’s attached to an El wire.

Here are the two patterns so far.

Additionally, I tested out the tilt sensors to see if it would trigger the patterns on Processing. Currently, any tilt will cause a pattern, but it still doesn’t choose decide on which pattern to run. I will test it out more, but I really want to get the El wires working first so I have to wait for it to arrive.

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