For quite some time now, on my projects, I have been using Matlab for various data processing operations, picture conversions...
and also communication with my embedded systems using FTDI USB to RS232 converters. Nothing more convenient that a simple fread() and fwrite() to import/export your data to/from your computer!
If you have read my blog, you may know that I have a 96*64 bi-color led matrix at my disposal. Until now, I was generating all the screen data on the fly and still hadn't implemented the possibility to directly write to the led matrix frame buffer through its USB port.
So yesterday I finally got the motivation to modify my FPSLIC code and optimize it to receive streamed data. As double-buffering was already implemented, the coding part was pretty quick!
To have a clear and simple application of this added functionality, I thought it would be nice to display some data coming from my computer... What kind of data? The obvious choice was the webcam feed.
This is where Matlab was very useful. In only 50 lines of code, I was able to show the edges detected from my webcam feed:
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