Monday, January 10, 2011

Machine vision can be fun!

It’s hard to believe when you’ve put in a 60 hour week at the clients factory and the system still isn’t running, but yes, there is a fun side to machine vision, and here’s a video to prove it.

This shows a system built from Lego that sorts M&M’s by color. If you watch closely you’ll see the system starts with a hopper from which the candies are individually dispensed onto a conveyor. The conveyor moves under a camera where each M&M is illuminated. The candies continue down the conveyor where the kicked off into separate chutes depending on their color.

OK, it doesn’t work perfectly, but it works and it’s fun. What do you do for kicks?

By the way, I should share where I found this video. It was on “The Misadventures of Mub” blog. I’m not sure about the what, why or who, but it brightened my day. Hopefully it does the same for you.

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