Arduino Color Detection for Hobby Robotic Projects
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Vishwana Joseph Jayakody
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Vishwana Joseph Jayakody

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This course is a step by step guide (REVERSE ENGINEERING) for anyone who is interested in learning the underlying theories and practical implementation of color detection applications for an industrial based, robotic or simple-electronic project.

This is a brief explanation on what you will learn from each part of this course. It will help you to understand what you will experience from this course prior to stepping in to actual color detection process and real time applications. Please note that this course has no copy-past coding methods. While you learn to code in C language with the instructor, it will also teach you the strategy behind building comprehensive code for color detection in any programming environment.

Course Overview:

Part I - Introduction to the Arduino Software Development

This is an introduction which will familiarize you the basics of Arduino mega board, the usage of pins and the Arduino IDE platform. You will also learn to code in Arduino IDE software development environment in order to create the necessary C/C++ programs for color detection applications. This part is ideal for beginners with no programming / electronic knowledge.

Part II - Color Detection Process and Color Sensor Technology (Theoretical  and Real Time Experiment Components)

This part starts off by presenting an in-depth analysis of the TCS230 color sensor. To analyze, we will reverse engineer the TCS230 Color sensor by taking off all the components out and scraping out the PCB coating. The sensor analysis will help you to understand how the sensor is made and grasp the theory of internal color detection process of any kind of industrial or hobby-application sensors. Working principles of the sensor, PCB Design techniques, frequency scaling in color sensor applications are included in this part.

Special: Results of lab practicals done in an electronic lab with color sensors are included to compare the differences of sensor performance in different environmental conditions. A reverse engineering of the TCS230 Color sensor is performed to understand with what electronic components the TCS230 sensor is made of.                             


In this part, you will learn how to develop a complete code in C to perform color calibration with the TCS230 color sensor. You will also learn how to perform the crucial color filter activation required for initial color calibration of a sensor panel and to identify the optimal frequency range for each color to be detected.


The most exciting and the best part of the course. Color detecting process! Here you will learn how to build a full code to detect any color by feeding appropriate color frequency ranges obtained through the calibration process and configuring ideal frequency scaling for sensor signals. Environmental effects on color detection, activation of correct color filters will be further explained and implemented through this process!

Hope you will gain an invaluable knowledge content from this course and apply it for cool projects!

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