Quite a bit off topic, but at least Atmel is one of the leading manufacturers of digital line scan cameras, and I suspect that I'am not the only one in this forum that have worked with digital imaging systems.
Anyway, I need a digital image capturing system mounted on a small (100kg or so..) vehicle traveling along a line of crops on a field. The image capturing system have to take a digital image of the entire row of crops.
One way to do it is to use a standard CCD camera and take one image every 20cm or so. This is how it works right now.
Another, much more neat solution, would be to use a digital line scan camera. I could easily get one pulse every 0.1mm or so from an encoder on the wheels of the vehicle. If I make the line scan camera trigger on every pulse from the wheel, I'd get one line of pixels every 0.1mm. This would certainly result in a very loooong ultra-high quality image of the entire row of crops IF the ground the vehicle travels on is perfectly flat. Well, it's a field, it's NOT perfectly flat, my question is, can a system like this still be used without any significant image quality loss due to "imperfections" on the ground?
The image will be used for image processing to measure various aspects of the crops, and the imagequality has to be quite good.