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  • What USB camera to buy?

    I want my team to start learning to use the now legal USB camera option. I don't think we need anything fancy to start as the team is at the point of just modifying the Vuforia example code enough to go different paths based on the Vumark value.

    So either specific make/model or specs would be helpful. What things are important? Resolution, auto focus, etc.?

    TIA

  • #2
    Great question, as we're looking for similar info. We have several logitech webcams that aren't in use, so we'd love to start working on this as well, however, we have no idea where to start, even just the basics of how the new cameras will be used.

    We had no problem using our phone camera to decode the viewmarks last year, and have some experience programming the Pixiecam (but never deployed it), so we're hoping the new tech will be somewhat user friendly.

    Any details are really appreciated.


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    • #3
      Originally posted by RedfishRobotics View Post
      Great question, as we're looking for similar info. We have several logitech webcams that aren't in use, so we'd love to start working on this as well, however, we have no idea where to start, even just the basics of how the new cameras will be used.

      We had no problem using our phone camera to decode the viewmarks last year, and have some experience programming the Pixiecam (but never deployed it), so we're hoping the new tech will be somewhat user friendly.

      Any details are really appreciated.

      Support for USB cameras will be implemented in SDK v4.0, which will be released some time before or shortly after kickoff.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 4634 Programmer View Post

        Support for USB cameras will be implemented in SDK v4.0, which will be released some time before or shortly after kickoff.
        Awesome, thanks for the info!
        Michael P Clark
        Founding Mentor, FTC 9958
        http://www.redfishrobotics.com
        "We're Hooked on FIRST"

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        • #5
          The USB camera will essentially be an alternative to the Phone Camera (to enable better placement).
          The camera's optics will need to be calibrated to provide good spatial localization (navigation).

          Several common cameras (cheap and expensive) will be calibrated by FIRST and their data will be included in the SDK. The list for these cameras will come out in the next week or so.
          The intention is that teams will also be able to perform their own calibration if they have a camera they REALLLLLLY want to use.

          So, if you have a camera on hand, it will probably work for initial testing when the first new code release comes out..
          By then, a "pre supported " list will also be out to enable teams to make a purchase decision.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the info, Phil. Do you know if the SDK will support multiple USB cameras simultaneously? Or an on-phone camera plus one or more USB cameras simultaneously?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Philbot View Post
              The USB camera will essentially be an alternative to the Phone Camera (to enable better placement).
              The camera's optics will need to be calibrated to provide good spatial localization (navigation).

              Several common cameras (cheap and expensive) will be calibrated by FIRST and their data will be included in the SDK. The list for these cameras will come out in the next week or so.
              The intention is that teams will also be able to perform their own calibration if they have a camera they REALLLLLLY want to use.

              So, if you have a camera on hand, it will probably work for initial testing when the first new code release comes out..
              By then, a "pre supported " list will also be out to enable teams to make a purchase decision.
              It's been 2 weeks, any news on the list?

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