First try of P5 and OpenCV JS in Electron

This is my first try of the p5.js together with the official release of OpenCV JavaScript. I decided not to use any browsers and experimented with the integration in the Electron environment with Node.js. The first experiment is a simple image processing application using Canny edge detector. The IDE I choose to work on is the free Visual Studio Code and which is also available in multiple OS platforms. I have tested both in Windows 10 and Mac OSX Mojave. In Mac OSX, I first install the Node.js with Homebrew.

brew update
brew install node

Then I install the Electron as a global package with npm.

npm install -g electron

For the Visual Studio Code, I also include the JavaScript support and the ESLint plugin. The next step is to download the p5.js and p5.dom.js code from the p5.js website to your local folder. I put them into a libs folder outside of my application folders. For OpenCV, it actually includes the pre-built opencv.js from its documentation repository. The version I used here is 3.4.3. The only documentation I can find for OpenCV JS is this tutorial.

For each of the Node.js application, you can initialise it with the following command in its folder. Alternately, you can also do it within the Terminal window from Visual Studio Code. Fill in the details when prompted.

npm init

In Visual Studio Code, you have to add a configuration to use the electron command to run the main program, main.js, rather than using the default node command. After adding the configuration, it will generate the launch.json file like the following,

{
    // Use IntelliSense to learn about possible attributes.
    // Hover to view descriptions of existing attributes.
    // For more information, visit: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=830387
    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
        {
            "type": "node",
            "request": "launch",
            "name": "Electron Main",
            "runtimeExecutable": "electron",
            "program": "${workspaceFolder}/main.js",
            "protocol": "inspector"
        }
    ]
}

For the programming part, I used a main.js to define the Electron window and its related functions. The window will load the index.html page. It is the main webpage for the application. It will then call the sketch.js to perform the p5.js and OpenCV core functions. The p5.js and OpenCV communicate through the use of the canvas object. The GUI functions, imread() and imshow() are used for such communication. This example will switch on the default webcam to capture the live video and perform a blur and Canny edge detection.

Source code is now available at my GitHub repository.

Intel Realsense colour image in Processing (Windows only)

The testing is based on the Java wrapper of the Intel Realsense SDK, version 2 found in the following GitHub repository.

https://github.com/edwinRNDR/librealsense/tree/master/wrappers/java.

It only provides the pre-built binary for Windows version. I used it to test with my Intel Realsense D415 camera. The image below is the screenshot of the camera view.

The source code can be found in the GitHub repository of this post.