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Tutorial 10 - Image Processing

In this tutorial you will explore some simple image processing techniques and investigate the advantages and drawbacks of each.

Average Intensity

RGB to HSV conversion

Histogram

Filtering

Suppose you would like to determine the location of the object (the can) in with respect to the camera. The distigushing characteristic of the can is that it is composed mainly of red. However notice that the can in the center of the image has multiple shades of red. Therefore, a threshold value must be determined, which if the red component is above the threshold, then the pixel will be considered "red".

  black [FFFFFF] white [0000FF] blue [00FF00] green [FF0000] red [00FFFF] cyan [FF00FF] magenta [FFFF00] yellow

The primary and secondary colors

To find the can, first find filter for the color red. The first approach is to check each pixel to see if its red component is larger than some threshold value. If so then that pixel is accepted as being "red". Using that filtering technique produces an image like The can is slightly distinguishable from the background, however not nowing previously that the image was of a tin can, even a human might not be able to tell the object from the background.

The problem with the above filtering technique is that white [255, 255, 255] also has a large red component.

Therefore, we can filter for red above a certain value and the other components below a certain value.

This technique produces a better image Notice that some of the white is still allowed by the filter as being red. By adjusting the weights we can achieve a better image  The final image represents a reasonable outline of the can. Now that you have filtered the image to find the "red" can, we would like to determine a location in the image which will represent the "center" of the can. An easy way to do this is to allocate two integer vectors, lets denote them row_vec and col_vec, and for each element of each vector, sum the number of pixels which passed the test for red. Once this is completed for the entire image, search each array for the largest value. This will give an approximation for the row and column coordinates for the red can in the image.

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