As you might recall from my last blog post, I’ve been playing with workshop organization using fiducial markers to locate storage boxes. I’ve started to move past the proof of concept code phase into the slightly functional open-source project phase, and I created a repository and developed some working code. The project is just barely functional at this phase, but it has the ability to connect to cameras over RTSP, skip images to reduce the detection framerate, decode them using one of the AprilTag types, and publish the resulting detection data to MQTT.
Previously, I saw (and can no longer find the source) a vlog about a maker who stored all of his projects and stock of parts in bins over his long work bench. All of the bins were labeled with some sort of code, and a security camera in his office would periodically scan for codes in the image and keep track of the location of each bin. With this system, he could put any bin in any empty spot on the shelf and easily find it later, or find that it was not on the shelf, from the comfort of his desk computer.
Recently, I have been organizing all of the parts and pieces of my partially finished projects so I can go back to projects more easily. This started as a simple goal - keep all of my work in boxes, keep the boxes labeled, and keep the boxes in a place where they are easy to get to. I have mountains of leftover parts I’ve accumulated over the years, and I really need a better solution.