by Martin Rowe @ edn.com:
With today’s circuit components in ever–shrinking packages, finding an overheating component or a component damaged from heat during assembly can be a challenge. To help isolate those components, Fluke has introduced the TiX series of high-definition thermal imaging cameras.
Consisting of the models, the TiX series cameras have resolutions of 1024×768 and 640×480 pixels that display across the imager’s 5.6-in. display. That’s 3.1 million pixels and 1.2 million pixels, respectively, when using SuperResolution mode. The TiX imagers have a temperature range of -40°C to 2000°C (-40°F to 3632°F).
See the details with an HD thermal imager - [Link]
by Michael Wang & Jennifer Qian @ cornell.edu:
Imagine you are traveling the beautiful Icelandic countryside. You and your significant other have found the perfect place for a picture, and you both look stunning that day. But there is no one around to take it for you! You go for the selfie, but your arm just isn’t long enough to do justice to the landscape.
Introducing the Selfiebot! This robot is designed to track faces and take pictures of you and your friends, completely autonomously. The system allows the user to set a number of parameters specifying image properties, centering properties, and photo taking parameters. We used OpenCV running on a laptop computer for image processing and facial detection, and relayed scanning and centering commands to the robot via serial communication to the ATmega 1284 microcontroller.
Selfiebot – Your personal photo companion - [Link]
This camera module can perform image processing such as AWB (auto white balance), AE (automatic exposure) and AGC (automatic gain control), for the video signal coming from CMOS sensor. What’s more, in fusion of other advanced technology such as image enhancement processing under low illumination, and image noise intelligent forecast and suppress, this module would output high quality digital video signals by standard CCIR656 interface. OV7670 built-in JPEG decoder supported reatime encoding for collected image, and external controller can easily read the M – JPEG video streams, achieving the camera design of double stream. OV7670 supported motion detection and OSD display function of screen characters and pattern overlay, capable of self-defining detection area and sensitivity.
OV7670 Camera Module DIY Guide - [Link]
Serial camera module that captures time-lapse and stop-motion videos plus images to uSD card. Use with any micro like mbed and Arduino.
ALCAM allows any embedded system with a serial interface (UART, SPI or I2C) to capture JPG/BMP images and also to record them right onto an SD card. Also, ALCAM gives you the ability to create time-lapse and stop-motion AVI videos and save them directly to the SD card. All done through a set of simple and well documented serial commands. ALCAM can also capture images and videos though a special pin, without the need to send any commands.
ALCAM-OEM – Serial camera module - [Link]
I recently got my hands on a pair of Flir Lepton thermal imaging sensors and have spent the last week bringing them online in my spare time. These are absolutely incredible devices that I believe will pave the way to consumer devices incorporating thermal imaging cameras. The footprint of the camera module (and optical assembly) is about the size of a dime. The resolution is 80×60 at 14bpp which is remarkable despite sounding low.
Flir Lepton Thermal Imaging Sensor + Gameduino 2 - [Link]
Interfacing a cheap phone camera module to a PIC32 microcontroller – [Link]
by Junko Yoshida @ edn.com:
As automotive electronics takes center stage at Electronica this week in Munich, a “microcamera” module recently designed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for driver-assistance applications is expected to enjoy the spotlight.
The new camera module — an image sensor with optics mounted on a printed circuit board — measures 16x16x12 cubic millimeters. It is visibly smaller than current-generation driver-assist cameras, whose edge lengths are “20x20x20 cubic millimeters (without optics),” according to a Fraunhofer press release.
CogniVue, Fraunhofer debut supersmall camera at Electronica - [Link]
by Ioannis Kedros @ embeddedday.com:
I am very new to the multicopters hobby and a super newbie to the FPV (First Person Viewer) flying. I’ve never watch in real time someone flying through the screen but I’ve watched hundreds of videos online! The best-case scenario is to use some goggles (like the Fat Shark) in order to have a better experience. This will make you believe that you are actually inside the cockpit flying the machine. And that’s awesome!
But sometimes, even when everything looks simple this is not translated to cheap as well! A good FPV system, from the camera on the copter to the radio transmission system and the screen on the ground will cost you sometimes more than $200 (without even taking the price of the goggles into the equation). This is huge for my budget especially when the cost will be mirrored to a hobby of mine! So, I am going to try the most efficient solution!
FPV System - [Link]
High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage. One of many occasions to make it is to use various available periphery thus gaining a truly universal platform.
Favorite powerful embedded SBC called UDOO (S975-G000-2100-C2) already found many fans. Maybe also because of its compatibility with the Arduino Due platform (hardware and software) and mainly, it´s possible to connect it with various accessories. Thanks to a wide range of interfaces (USB, Ethernet, bluetooth, WiFi, …) is a connection of periphery flawless, what´s also a case of the 5MPx camera (autofocus).
Despite miniature dimensions this camera provides very decent resolution and speed – for example VGA (640×480) @90fps or 1080p @30fps, or QSXGA (2592×1944) @15fps. Also beneficial is recording of a video in a full 70°field of view (FOV).For a practical usage and application development with UDOO also serves the „Starter kit EU” containing an adapter for the third USB, RTC battery holder, HDMI cable with the UDOO logo, USB/ Micro USB Type B cable, SATA power supply cable, power supply adapter and an 8 GB micro SD card.
Perhaps the biggest “attraction” is the spacious 7“ display KIT LCD 7”–Touch 800×480 px RGB with a capacitive touch panel. By connecting of this display with the UDOO microcomputer, we get a ready-made platform usable to control various processes, with a power, which easily suits to majority of applications. Detailed information about the UDOO can be found in our article: Do you want a microcomputer which will „handle everything“?.
High power of the UDOO “asks” for usage - [Link]
Ioannis Kedros @ embeddedday.com:
Why this long intro? Well, I am an engineer, a maker in general, that wants to build stuffs. And the swags above came in a nice cardboard tube. A very strong, thick, with a nice light plastic type coating (helping with the moisture during shipping).
This makes a good indoor enclosure, but with proper treatment will be a nice fit for an outdoor enclosure as well. I am going to put a Raspberry Pi inside it together with a camera and some sensors for reading environmental variables.
The RPi is the Model B and has some connectors around it that I am not going to use. Those are taking space and placing the Pi slightly offset of what I want. I decided to remove them and use some of those in future projects. Nothing is going to the trash bin! Anyway, I am not going to use this Pi to somewhere else. The project will be placed permanently in my “lab” and I will do only software improvements.
Project Tube - [Link]