This half business-card sized board is not just another simple camera add-on to the Arduino platform. It comes with a NXP LPC4330 dual-core ARM processor capable of handling images at 50 frames per second giving a built-in image recognition capacity to your system.
The camera board goes by the name of Pixy and uses an Omnivision OV9715 1/4-inch image sensor with 1280×800 resolution.
Pixy is the result of a joint development between Carnegie Mellon University and Austin, Texas-based Charmed Labs. “We tried to make Pixy as easy to use as possible” said Anthony Rowe, a CMU faculty member “We think this will make it popular with the robotics and model maker communities”.
The president of Charmed Labs, Rich LeGrand added “We’ve opened up the design by using the Open Source Hardware licensing model. You get source code, schematics, board layouts, everything.”
It has interfaces for UART serial, SPI, I2C, digital or analog I/O. The product is part of a Kickstarter campaign, and is available by contributing $59 or more.
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