An electric car that allows fish to steer their tank into a certain direction with computer vision.
- Allows fish to move around freely
- Demonstrates possibilities of computer vision
- Uses existing simple hardware
With this project we wanted to show that computer vision technology is not just limited to the usual automation projects or information gathering. It can also create interactions that are so simple that they can empower animals. Fish on Wheels shows this by allowing fish to move their own fishtank, if they are smart enough to understand this.
A prototype version of Fish on Wheels has been constructed using a standard webcam, a battery powered Beagleboard-XM and an Arduino controlled robot vehicle. Using the contrast of the fish with the bottom of the fish tank his position is determined and used to send commands to the Arduino for moving the car into that direction. The whole device is completely stand alone.