I am what is considered a noob. I bought a arduino board recently and I keep coming up with robot designes I want to build, but they all would greatly benefit from a camera. I have my eye on the CMU CAM 3. I plan on using the CMU CAM 2 emulation at first, and then make my own algorithms. I've looked into the avr cam too, but it sounds like I would have more trouble making it work.
Anyways I wanted to know if anyone has interfaced the CMU CAM 3 to an arduino diecimila before, and do I have to do anything more than just get a serial to usb cord to run the camera on the diecimila. (The arduino's UART is USB).
Some plans on how I will use the camera.
1. making a robot you can play fetch with lol via a ball of a specific color.
2. a good line follower.
and many other things I can't think of right now.
NOTE. I know i can do those things with other cameras. I just want the investment of a camera I can program totally myself.