Hi David, hi forum,
the idea of using a matte ball is not bad, but as long as we do not have a specific ball to buy all over the world there will always be differences. My impression was that the surface of the ball has not only effect on the vision system but even more on the dribbling. The only matte ball I have seen was so “sticky” that dribblers kept lifting themselves up while dribbling.
So the “standard” golf-ball with its hard and plain surface was much easier to handle.
However, if the “robocup”- golf-ball that will be used by all tournaments is always the same and easy to buy all over the planet, teams can adopt to this and we can use a matte ball as well.
On the other hand, all “standard” cameras like pixy (1, 2, 2.1) and OpenMV Cams look for signatures and draw a box around all found blobs, and so these boxes include the “white spots” without any problems.
So being less specific with the ball will probably lead to less discussions on the games.