Coral Cam

Another feature mention this week

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Following in from part one, here is the second part of the series Jamie Craggs authored about our ongoing captive coral reproduction project in the amazing Ultra Marine Magazine.


Coral Breeding Project

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A great movie explaining the work we are doing and what we are trying to achieve with our Hackathon Project at the Horniman Museum.

RLab at Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire

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I had a super time this weekend with Barnaby, Ryan, Richard, Tom and the Thames Valley RepRap Group representing Reading Hackspace and some of the great projects we’ve done there, the event had a more than amazing turnout and so many interesting stands. I will be sure to attend other future events and highly recommend them!

Coral Cam Testing

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We now have 2 permanently positioned CoralCams pointed at a single mature colony of Pocillopora Damicornis, a regular brooding spawner at the Horniman Museum. We’re using these cameras to determine when the corals spawn and how often. The aquarium trials will allow us to refine distance, depth of field, exposure, contrast and lighting required to build the on the computer vision classifiers we have been working on for the detection and counting of planula release. When this work is complete we’ll move this technology towards our broadcast spawning project.

Of course the project wouldn’t be complete without a couple of Raspberry Pi’s which record the footage and control the infrared LEDs using pwm via the gpio.



Removing the Raspberry Pi Webcam IR filter

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Tonight at Reading Hackspace we spent a good hour or two dissecting the Raspberry Pi cameras and figured out how to remove the cameras IR filter, which makes it super fab for night time use with infrared LEDs, this opens up the opportunity to use it with security, wildlife and astronomy applications in mind.

Don’t try this at home, we did break a camera on our first go. We took both the lens and sensor apart and tested them to find the IR filter, it sits just above the CMOS sensor. it’s fairly easy to remove if you are very careful, very patient and have a good thin scalpel blade. Be incredibly careful and note all those normal H&S guidelines when using blades and also don’t take these instructions as gospel as there may be a better way!

The author obviously takes no responsibility for you trying this and recommends that you don’t! Thanks again to Barnaby who gave me a hand and really should get his own blog up nudge nudge!

Some footage taken with the Pi Camera whilst filming

An update from Barnaby showing the Raspberry Pi Camera IR filter removed using a heat signature.

Another update from Barnaby showing the use of a Kinect distributed light pattern.

Horniman Hackathon

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So it’s official the Hackathon project I am working on with the Horniman Museum is on!! Here is a poster outlining the details I’m It’s all firmed up and I’m pretty excited as this promises to be a great event. Registrations will start shortly and I’ll post a separate blog with the registration link when its available.


Waterproof enclosures

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Something for the weekend, some waterproof enclosures which will be used to house the USB cameras for the coral cam – thanks for your help Jolly!