I am in the planning stages of a project that will track a ball that travels parallel to the field of view (as opposed to across it.) Imagine the camera is mounted to the top of a soccer/football goal and it is tracking a ball kicked by the goalkeeper. I’d like to use the OpenMV camera to track the ball as it flies using a Pan/Tilt mechanism and a motorized zoom lens like this:
Is this feasible? The pan/tilt mechanism would try to keep the ball in the center of the FOV. The lens has three separate motors that control the iris, zoom and focus. In looking through the documentation, I’m thinking the zoom and iris control should be pretty straight forward. I’m wondering what I’d use to maintain focus on the ball through its flight. Do you have any suggestions for this, or comments on the overall approach and/or concept in general?