Pixel Tracking! (Dog Tracking)

Ever wonder what your dog gets up to at home? Well I do a lot, this weekend I decided to setup a temporary solution to see what my dog does. Here are some day 1 results, only the masks to protect my dogs(Pixel) and my privacy!

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Pixel Relaxing on sofa

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Pixel leaping off the sofa

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Exploring?

 

This was achieved writing no code (sad I know) but was more of an exploration to see what Linux tools are around for doing this type of thing. i used the motion project(http://www.lavrsen.dk/foswiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHome) with some parameter playing, pretty simple out of the box. What I found was the tools are ok, not very out of the box and didn’t really work that great. So this is spawning a project for me.

With the computer vision knowledge I have I think I should be able to mock up a good tracker with all sorts of bells and whistles, to allow me track my dog moving around during the day learn where he likes to sleep dig into what motions he performs possibly even guess when the mail man comes each day and if there are cats around to annoy him.

The one useful piece of information I have learnt from looking back through the days activity, is that my dog really is as lazy as originally expected. Spends most of his day asleep on sofa explaining why he has so much energy when I get home. Most motion over the day was him moving into a new position!

Monday, August 13, 2012 11:31:33 PM Categories: API Life Software Tech
Stuart James