As electronics enthusiasts and software/engineering professionals we are aiming to build an open-source bird-tracking tripod. For this we are building a motion platform which will add stable and smooth 2-axis rotation to a tripod containing a DLSR camera + zoom lens. This motion platform is controlled by an arduino. Since the tripod will need to operate for several hours at a time to get a good shot, low power usage is prime. Therefore object tracking will be implemented and executed on a powerful yet low-power ARM based platform (beagleboard). Object-tracking is ideally done by using live-view functionality of the DLSR camera, but will first be implemented using a simple webcam next to the DLSR.
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