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Open CV Baby steps 2: Capturing video frames

2018-6-18

In the introductory post we saw how to setup OpenCV on a Raspbian (Desktop) and run a small sample application to convert an image into greyscale. Today we'll see how easy it is to capture frames from a camera and write some text on to each frame and save them.

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Open CV Baby Steps 01: Installation

2018-6-14

I always wanted to learn OpenCV, because it was a massive step up from my Computer Graphics theory class back in the University days. Also I dream that all my the pictures I have ever taken will one day be collated, indexed and searchable with context like place, scene, people in the image so on and so forth. So learning OpenCV is the natural first step towards that (no, I will not use a my images as training material for some corporate AI engine, I wear a tin-foil-hat, sue me!). Of course everything had to run off (one or more) RaspberryPi!

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PiWars 2018: Team Pi-O-Steer's day out

2018-5-9

Finally managed to collate all the images from friends and family who had come along to PiWars 2018. Here's a glimpse of Team Pi-O-Steer's action packed day at PiWars 2018.

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Cost of building a robot for PiWars

2018-4-30

This maybe a controversial topic and I fully expect to get panned for it, however, I thought I should write down what I spent on my PiWars bot (First time and in the Beginners category) for two reasons:

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PiWars 2018: The Aftermath - 2 (Lessons learnt)

2018-4-25

In the last post I wrote what went right and wrong with the build. However, build is only a small part of the event preparation. Attending PiWars is a full scale project. To be successful you need to manage your team's time well and split the work up correctly for things to line up correctly for success. Work needs to be split up into Software, Hardware, Design, Fabrication and Integration.

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PiWars 2018: The Aftermath - 1

2018-4-24

... and just like that it is all over. PiWars 2018 was a smashing event last Sunday (and we did smash a few things literally :D)

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