I was watching a great YouTube channel named “DIY Perks”. One of the things I saw him doing was salvaging old laptops’ webcams and soldering a male USB cable to them. This way we has a very thin and compact webcam to use. I was thinking of how this would help in FRC.
Here is my list why I think they can be beneficial:
- Easily securing it behind a transparent plastic (PC for example) to see the inside of (for example) the storage/hopper to count the power cells.
- Easily securing them to box extrusions due to their rectangular & thin shape.
- Saving weight as they will probably be much lighter than any other USB camera.
- They are super cheap and can be easily replaced. (around 3 dollars)
I do not know if these USB cameras’ settings are configurable to use with vision. However, even if not I think they would be a viable option for driver/operator cameras.
I am looking forward to your ideas and how this would be a good/bad idea in FRC.