GainTKW: A Measurement System of Thousand Kernel Weight Based on the Android Platform
AbstractThousand kernel weight (TKW) is an important parameter for the evaluation of grain yield. The traditional measurement method relies on manual steps: weighing and counting. In this paper, we developed a system for the automated evaluation of thousand kernel weight that combines a weighing module and Android devices, called “gainTKW”. The system is able to collect the weight information from the weighing module through a serial port using the RS232-micro USB cable. In the imaging process, we adopt a k-means clustering segmentation algorithm to solve the problem of uneven lighting. We used the marker-controlled watershed algorithm and area threshold method to count the number of kernels that are touching one another. These algorithms were implemented based on the OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision) libraries. The system tested kernel images of six species taken with the Android device under different lighting conditions. The algorithms in this study can solve the segmentation problems caused by shadows, as well. The appropriate numbers of kernels, of different species, are counted with an error ratio upper limit of 3%. The application is convenient and easy to operate. For the experiments, we can prove the efficiency and accuracy of the developed system by comparing the results between the manual method and the proposed application. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Wu, W.; Zhou, L.; Chen, J.; Qiu, Z.; He, Y. GainTKW: A Measurement System of Thousand Kernel Weight Based on the Android Platform. Agronomy 2018, 8, 178.
Wu W, Zhou L, Chen J, Qiu Z, He Y. GainTKW: A Measurement System of Thousand Kernel Weight Based on the Android Platform. Agronomy. 2018; 8(9):178.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wu, Wenhua; Zhou, Lei; Chen, Jian; Qiu, Zhengjun; He, Yong. 2018. "GainTKW: A Measurement System of Thousand Kernel Weight Based on the Android Platform." Agronomy 8, no. 9: 178.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.