Pond Skaters color enhancing cameras.

A project log for Pond Skater the Aquatic robot

A solar powered Aquatic robot; roaming the surface of ponds and lakes hunting for the effects of a changing climate.

DennisDennis 09/14/2021 at 15:240 Comments

A camera on each side Pond Skater will be able to determine the direction of something of interest such as blue green algae. Blue green algae have a distinct color signature.  Cameras with a color enhancing program will bring out those colors, allowing a small aquatic rover to determine possible target areas to test.  By importing the Python Imaging Library (pillow), this signature will stand out. The images below show color enhancement can clearly show the iron content in the Virginia soil.