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But then we stopped and thought, "How is Admin doing it with the Axon?" I'm not really sure what defines "enough processing power" to do image processing on an MCU, but if the Axon can do it by itself, I'd be curious to find out.
Also, what is the general way to interface with image data? Do RoboRealm/OpenCV allow you to extract pixel matrices and play with that data? I'm sure it has library functions that help with that, but I'm just curious.
I have messed around with OpenCV a little and I think your biggest problem will be compensating for changing lighting conditions because you will be outdoors. You should start your image processing as soon as possible and get it working on the bench in a well lit room before you go out doors.
Personally I think a Blackfin and a microcontroller would be the best option.
How long do you have to do the project?
The only alternative I can think of is using a cellphone. We could either transmit data to it for processing, or use the built-in camera and just do everything on the phone. Alas, I have no clue on how to develop an application for a cell phone that could do anything like that
At this point I'd really prefer to use Matlab or Octave, because it would probably minimize our time on "stuffing around". So if I could run Octave/Matlab on something like that or the Mini2440, and get pictures from a wireless camera, everything should work out. It's either this option, or the Blackfin + Microcontroller.Thanks!