cheap & easy way to do optical mark recognition (omr) or crude image scanning / processing? Answered
What's a cheap & easy but reliable way to scan a crude drawing or do omr - optical mark recognition - ie read marks on paper like the forms you fill out with a #2 pencil ? I envision something like a row of 8 lights sensors spaced to match the lines on a 3x5 index card, you feed the card into guides aligning the lines with the sensors. Or get some graph paper & scissors and cut out some 3x5 cards. Perhaps this could be a crude scanner to scan simple drawngs at whatever resolution matches the spacing of the sensors (width of drawing would be limited to # of sensors, the length limited to arduino's memory/storage). You could hand-feed a 3x5 card with a drawing through it, the horizontal resolution would be the spacing of the sensors, maybe have some kind of roller to track the card being fed through so it knows to scan another line. I know there are sensors used by line-following robots, but what about a simple light sensor? Or buying a cheap camera element and hooking that up to a video input and processing the image inside arduino? Or processing input from composite video? Any thoughts?