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Fish on Wheels

“Fish on Wheels” has been developed so fish can steer their tank into a certain direction. Our pet fish have always been limited to their water holding area known as “the fish tank”. In an attempt to liberate fish all over the world, the first self driving car for fish has been developed. This car moves by detecting the fish’s position with computer vision. Up until now driving vehicles has been limited to mankind only (excluding a handful of autonomous vehicles driven by computers), but now your pet fish can also put the pedal to the metal.

A prototype version of  “Fish on Wheels” has been constructed using a standard webcam, a battery powered Beagleboard 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.

Hopefully this invention will encourage more development in enhanced pet mobility, so pet animals can travel the world more freely.

Fish on Wheels Top view

Fish on Wheels computer vision

Fish on Wheels front view

Technical Drawing

 

Cutting edge computer vision

Recently Studio diip started a project that will be, like many developments here, a combination of product development and computer vision. The goal of the project is to develop a new product that enables a more intuitive way to use laser cutting machines. This project is a joint effort where Leon van Noord will handle the technical aspects of the development and Sandra Sastre Pérez will work on the product design.

Leon is doing his internship as part of the Computer Science program for the Hogeschool Utrecht. Although he started doing his internship just recently, Leon is not new to the area of computer vision. Next to some courses in his education Leon has already been part of the Studio diip team for some months working on complex computer vision projects.

Sandra is working on this project as part of the Leonardo Da Vinci program from the Balearic Islands. Having finished an education as a product designer and with experience in graphic design she will be more than able to work on the product design part of the assignment.

We’ll have more news about the latest developments when the project is starting to show some physical results. Some results of the laser cutter have already found their way into a select number of (physical) mail boxes in the form of special christmas cards.

The laser cutter