Based on the illustration that was depicted on a previous post we have finally built our first prototype.
Realising the ants in their new house can be seen in the following video.
We Tested our tracking methods and the impact of materials.
In order to improve our tracking, we used black dots as our ants during debugging the code.
Our first challenge was to detect more than one blob and store their previous positions:
The next step was to project the trails on the ants. Using a program called Madmapper enables us to align their drawn trails to them.
At first, we had the camera on a separate stand from the projecture, which made it very difficult to align the trails with the ants (as being shown in the following picture).
the reason we chose to have that construction was that at the time we did not know how to crop the camera’s visual field.
After overcoming the following technical problem, the camera was put on the projector.
What enabled to align the projection in an accurate way as can be seen in the following picture.