Lately I started to dig into Computer vision because I have an urgent need to replace an existing system in the near future. Well, OpenCV is the defacto Open source standard in this domain. Very powerful and fast but not easy to get started. Wait, wouldn’t be SimpleCV a nice starting point? Yes, it would…
SimpleCV is using the Python bindings of OpenCV under hood and it seems to be a good choice for prototyping according various sources. USB webcams are working out-of-the -box and only 3 lines are needed to get a live feed from a camera.
from SimpleCV import Camera
cam = Camera(1)
Beside getting familiar with SimpleCV , I started packing it for the Fedora Package Collection. Hmmm, it’s a pain in the ass: Embedded libs, missing deps, unclear licenses, just to mention a few ;-)But I’m confident that all those things can be fixed.