FURI | Fall 2019

Design and Programming a Smart Camera for a Drone to Collect and Process Images of Crops to Provide Cost-Effective Plant-Health Analysis

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The objective of this project is to find a practical and cost-effective solution for gathering preliminary plant-health information. The goal is to conduct research using RGB (red, green, blue) images combined with image analysis techniques in comparison to crop yields, while also finding a practical way to gather these images. A smart camera was developed using a microcontroller and camera attached to a drone. The modified drone flies over crops at predetermined intervals, and using image analysis, a grid is created and images are collected of the most affected areas.

Student researcher

Hunter Silvey

Hunter Michael Silvey

Engineering (robotics)

Hometown: Fontana, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022