How We Built Our Facial Recognition Ferris Wheel

At Coolest Projects 2018, we showcased the Wia platform with a facial recognition Ferris wheel! Story At Coolest Projects 2018, we showcased the Wia platform with a facial recognition Ferris wheel - if you're smiling, the wheel turns, and if you're not smiling, it stops. Today we're going to talk about how we built this project, and maybe you'll be inspired to build something like it! What we used Lego Ferr ...

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PlantAnalyzer

A device which collects data (environmental, soil and photosynthesis values) of plant(s) and then stores/analyze using a MKR1000 and Azure. Story OVERVIEW The idea for PlantAnalyzer was formulated as a solution to my wife's plants, all of which were in the process of dying. Being a maker minded human, I thought it would be nice to know when the plant's health started to decay, and figured collecting a copio ...

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Better LEDs with just a trick of the light

Light propagating in a layer of scattering nanoparticles, shows the principles of diffusion - like tea particles in hot water. The deeper light is penetrating into the layer, the lower the energy density. Scientists of University of Twente’s Complex Photonics Group, however, manage to turn this falling diffusion curve into a rising one, by manipulating the incident light. More light energy inside an opaque ...

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Algorithmic Camera Trigger – Shutterino

Camera trigger powered by Arduino MKR1000 and controlled by the app. Let the algorithm take the best shots. Story Shutterino - control the camera's shutter with a sensor-sensitive algorithm. Powered by Arduino MKR1000. I want to make a stop motion short film similar to "Pacer" but I'm nowhere close to having artistic skills to do it. I hope that programming skills will come to rescue. Let's have the algorit ...

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IoT IP camera teardown and getting root password

This post will describe how I inspected the IP traffic of a cheap pan/tilt IP camera. Then continued to open the camera up, connect to the serial console of the SoC; extracted the root password and logged in via telnet over the wireless interface. My goal was to have a look at the security of these very cheap IoT devices, and see how they could be improved. Let’s have a look at our victim: I present to you ...

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CCTV camera controller.

This project allows you to build you own  CCTV switchbox, that you can use to connect up to 6 cameras to a single screen. The camera signal  (CVBS over CInch or any other) is switched to the output using SPDT  or even  SPST relays.How it works ? - by default the controller will cycle through all 6 channels  at a speed which is adjustable by a potentiometer.   This controls the time which each of the cameras ...

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A new form of retina implant returns sight to the blind

What if you could cure blindness as easily as turning on the lights? That’s what one doctor and his team are hoping to achieve with a clinical trial that uses a new form of retina implant to return sight to patients who have lost the ability to see. And for one of the six patients, it’s been a pretty incredible journey. Rhian Lewis was just a toddler when her parents noticed she had trouble seeing in the da ...

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DIY-Thermocam – an open-source, do-it-yourself thermographic camera

The aim of this project is to give private persons, educational institutes and companies access to a portable, affordable and customizable thermal imaging plattform. There are various applications like finding heat leaks in the insulation of buildings, the analysis of electrical or mechanical components, the detection of persons / animals or even mounting it on a drone, together with the additional video ou ...

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Flash Freeze Photography with an Arduino

Freeze moments in time to easily produce extraordinary close-up pictures with your digital camera, an Arduino, and these simple circuits. I have always been impressed by high-speed photography. The photographic capture of what normally goes unseen, or at least unnoticed, is intriguing and oftentimes beautiful. High-speed cameras, however, are expensive and beyond the reach of many of us. You can, however, g ...

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Remotely Controlled VGA Camera – Overview

The idea behind this project was very straightforward: design an inexpensive remotely controlled system capable of taking still pictures and uploading them to a remote file storage with a camera to be activated by either remote commands or sensor events. And after numerous brain storms the following solution has been found.In base configuration the system comprises of at least two parts: main (MCU) and tran ...

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Sensor enables low-light imaging for smart-phone cameras

Based on 1.1-µm pixel technology, the AR1335 CMOS image sensor from ON Semiconductor provides 18% better sensitivity than previous-generation devices, along with increased quantum efficiency and linear well capacity to enable near-digital still-camera quality and low-light imaging on smart-phone cameras. The sensor’s pixel and color filter processing increase sensitivity, allowing more light to be captured ...

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Thermal Camera: Arduino UNO + MLX90614 IR Thermometer

I  did the following steps: 1) Hardware: Connect the MLX90614 (refer to the datasheet) as follows: Pin 1 on MLX (SCL) connect to ANALOG pin 5 on Arduino Pin 2 on MLX (SDA) connect to ANALOG pin 4 on Arduino Pin 3 on MLX (VDD) connect to 3.3V on Arduino Pin 4 on MLX (VSS) connect to GROUND on ArduinoNow use "pull ups" on the SCL and SDA lines by connecting a 4.7K ohm resistor from the Pin 3 VDD line to the S ...

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