Robotic Camera Project

STUDENT EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY (SEA)

BACKGROUND

Manual system where robot is moved to desired location and picture taken manually.

Automated system with laser alignment – blue attachment under camera.

Stop motion photography requires moving either the camera, object (or both) in a sequential manner while a series of still photographs are taken and later assembled into a motion picture. The movement may be straight or curved or a complex motion through three dimensions. A six axis robotic arm has the potential of carrying a camera along a predetermined path, stopping at predetermined points, allowing the camera to take picture. The process is repeated until the camera reaches an end point. Having software that controls the robot’s motion and allows the operators to design and control the path with a simplified interface would find broad applications in the photographic community.

Interface used to generate desired camera shots.

STATEMENT OF WORK (SOW)

The capstone group assigned to this project shall construct a working prototype of a system capable of carrying a camera along a predetermined path, stopping at predetermined points, and allowing the camera to take picture with no human intervention. This system must contain the following attributes:

  • software program needed to generate the camera path and angles;
  • ability to generate software program needed by the UR3 robot (supplied by sponsor) to follow the generated camera paths;
  • system will have the ability to automatically take pictures at predetermined locations; and
  • install software and train sponsor on its use.