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Submission + - Militarizing Your Backyard with Python and AI (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Shooting squirrels with a water cannon might not seem to be a serious project, but it involves AI and a lot of hardware. Kurt Grandis took some cutting edge and open source AI tools, Python, an Arduino and a SuperSoaker and built the (almost) perfect squirrel hosing machine. The project involved Open Computer Vision (OpenCV), an a SVM learning procedure that he trained to tell the difference between a squirrel and a non-squirrel. After "perfecting" the classifier the hardware came next — a SuperSoaker Mark I was used as the "water cannon". A pair of servos were used to aim the gun and a third to pull the trigger.
If you want to see squirrels being soaked check out the video.

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Militarizing Your Backyard with Python and AI

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