The Raiders of the Lost Cam

Hello fellow Robot-eers!

I just wanted to share how I’ve finally got my test PiCam.

It took quite a long time because I searched everywhere for a good deal. I found that the options are quite limited: I could choose either to pay up to £25 for a camera on the official UK websites (like ThePiHut and similar), or to get it from China, which would take at least a month and may never arrive (this scenario actually happened to me, making me wait a month for nothing) or arrive broken.

Fortunately, I found this Amazon item which provides a good compromise between price and shipping time (the seller is in UK and it took only 4 days to arrive).

As you can see, it comes with a nice acrylic enclosure, so you don’t need to create your own holder which is very handy if you want to experiment without mounting the camera on your Robot.

It was a bit fiddly to put together the small plastic screws, but once I got the hang of it, it took just a few minutes.

There’s also a nice YouTube tutorial that shows how to build the enclosure (which is shipped with no instructions whatsoever!).

I’m now ready to try my OpenCV code on the real hardware 🙂

I hope this post will help others as well!

We have been accepted!!

Just a quick post to announce that HH2 has been accepted to compete in this years PiWars!!

Time to stop talking about it and get on with doing it. That is after tomorrows Mini-Conference in Cambridge….