How small and defined can the Scanse detect? I need to be able to distinguish between wood that has been through a planer and wood that has not. Not a go or no-go decision but something that can measure a few thousands of an inch differential. To lend some perspective, a sheet of paper is typically 3 thousands of an inch thick.
I had some immature parents and ended up living on my own as a child. To survive I spent some time dumpster diving. It has made me very aware of how much we waste in this society. I later became a manufacturing engineer and learned how much we waste in manufacturing. I see enormous potential in applying Artificial Intelligence, Photogrammetry, Lidar, Learning Algorithms and combining them with renewable energy and lights out manufacturing.
I want to build a Robotic Bird House Building Machine. The idea being primarily to learn how to implement the technologies currently available. Something of a self-sustaining beta test that can be scaled up from bird houses to dog houses, storage sheds to mini homes.
I want to use Scanse to scan the surface finish of used wooden fence pickets. Before and after planing them smooth. To train the system, this will be done in conjunction with me visually scanning and making the decisions while Scanse is simultaneously gathering data. This may take years and many dollars because things like used nails and concrete are also part of the equation. Since I need to scan down in the millimeter to sub-millimeter range, with a scan rate of a meter a minute to ten minutes or so I was wondering what is possible. Since this is not the typical application for Scanse, the data is a bit hard to come by. Metaphorically speaking I might need to put magnifying glasses on for it to work.
My friend here in the Austin area is doing something similar called CubeSpawn. We both are aware of and inspired by things like https://www.techxlab.org/solutions/ and http://opensourceecology.org/ So my question to the group is how low can it go? (how small a bump can Scanse detect)
R. D. Childers