Artificial intelligence for the internet of your things (preferably)Let’s begin with a detail that changes everything: the price! You can get yourself there for less than €25 (£22; $28)! With ESP-EYE, the evaluation board offered by Espressif, the creator of the famous ESP8266 and ESP32. It’s with these two processors that the Shanghai based manufacturer has paved the way, or should I say the highway of the Internet of Things. For some months now, they have been concentrating their efforts on the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT).
Video: getting to grips with the ESP-EYEWe are not yet at the point where our gadgets will respond to hand or eye gestures. But looking at where this technology is going, the day is not far off where, to command our appliances, we’ll only have to give them a wink, a gesture, a thumbs up or thumbs down, open our mouth wide or make other grimaces. Until then, it’s a good time to familiarize yourself with the subject, very affordable from all points of view as shown by the video below (from bitluni labs).
Artificial eye = camera + ESP32 + Flash + ESP-WHOApart from a 2 megapixel camera and a microphone, the ESP-EYE card is well equipped with an ESP32 chip, 8 MB of PSRAM and 4 MB of flash. Wireless transmission of images is done by over a Wi-Fi network. For programming and debugging, the board connects via a micro-USB port.
On the software side, the solution offered by Espressif is completed by ESP-WHO, a development environment for facial detection and recognition designed for AIoT applications. Used in tandem with the ESP-WROVER-KIT (or other ESP32 boards) the ESP-EYE gives eyes and ears to your IoT applications.