It’s a camera that was designed by Carnegie Mellon and has been around for awhile so it might be
a good solution to go with instead of starting all over from scratch.
The website explains as follows:
CMUcam is a new low-cost, low-power sensor for mobile robots. You can use CMUcam vision system to do many different kinds of on-board, real-time vision processing. Because CMUcam uses a serial port, it can be directly interfaced to other low-power processors such as PIC chips.
At 17 frames per second, CMUcam can do the following:
- track the position and size of a colorful or bright object
- measure the RGB or YUV statistics of an image region
- automatically acquire and track the first object it sees
- physically track using a directly connected servo
- dump a complete image over the serial port
- dump a bitmap showing the shape of the tracked object
Using CMUcam, it is easy to make a robot head that swivels around to track an object. You can also build a wheeled robot that chases a ball around, or even chases you around. In the Gallery, you can see pictures and videos of some of the robots we and others have built with CMUcam.