Sitting in the review of Samuel Dring’s Internship presentation, I was happy to hear the evaluators comment “this is the most technically challenging internships project so far”, and it was. I am sure they had concerns at the onset if Sam was going to be able to accomplish what he had set out to do – live tracking on the phone, in addition to a PC version that would track any lit object.
Image processing has been around for years and there are 1000’s of Ph.D. students around the world pushing its limits. Many of them use openCV, on open source image processing community that sets the benchmark in this area.
The most popular approach to tracking objects is to track them based on colour and movement. Often from pre-recorded images, as the required processing makes it difficult to make it work live. There are programs such as Tracker that works fairly well on video – but requires a lot of setting-up.
Is entirely another game, requiring special cameras and processors – this is if you need to shoot down a missile in motion – or if you need to teach kids to see Velocity and Acceleration on things that move. And this is what Sam managed to do, using the very limited processing power of the phone.
The PC version is out already, on our site. We can’t wait to release the phone version.