For a project that I plan on doing, I wanted to mount a small camera onto my robot.
I wondered if taking the camera out of broken laptops would be a resonable way to get a camera for my bot.
Thanks in advance!
I was afraid someone would say that.
Thank you very much for the suggestion.
A webcam in a laptop typically has 640 x 320 or better resolution, 3 bytes color and with a framerate of 15-30 fps.
So that means the little robot brain needs to handle 650 x 320 x 3 x 30 = which is about 18 Meg per second.
Then there's the complexity of the driver software for the camera, etc.
Basic answer - no ... not so simple.
However, may people around here have interfaced Arduinos with WiiCameras (Gareth, CTC, and myself)
You can look for WiiDar as an example - most of it's processing is done in the tiny little camera - there is no image that goes to the micro-controller, only coordinates of Infra-red blobs. This is something an Arduino can pretty easily handle.
The data from the laptop will be raw pixel values - which take some effort to put back into a picture, and a large amount of effort to get a robot to understand the picture.
In order to answer your question, I will need to ask you a question. Which is, what will the "brains" of your robot consist of?
Because, if you want to put eyes on your bot, your bot will need a brain to use them.