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Making a Unique Wigglegram Cam with Arducam and Raspberry Pi – An Interview with Evan Poliquin (Animator/Designer, NJ, USA)

Preface ‘I put it on hold for a few years until I saw the quad camera hat from Arducam and thought this could finally work.’  Evan Poliquin, a young professional animator and designer, told us this when sharing the inspiration for his recent hobby project, a Raspberry Pi quadrascopic camera. It is a camera that can take four photos at once, in a digital way.  Displaying multi photos sequentially while rapidly, the camera simply outputs various kinds of dynamic pictures that twitch themselves, delivering mixed emotions like fun, bored, weird, blue, and many more beyond words. See more wigglegram photos Evan made with Arducam Quad Hat here. Inspiration ‘I wanted to make this since there’s really no digital equivalent’, Evan explained on the Hackster.io project page. Actually, this is not a brand-new thing. It is wigglegrams, namely, the photo wiggles between sides to show a 3D view. Back in his college times, Evan’s film photography professor first let him know about this. Evan hoped to get one, for example, a Nishika or Nimslo, which is never a strange desire for such a curious heart.  Spending hundreds of bucks on such a hobby, however, wouldn’t be the best use of money for a student like Evan. Not until he suddenly became fascinated with Raspberry Pi did Evan pick up the thought again. Well, because it was much cheaper and affordable at that time. “4 pi zeros would cost $40, and 4 v1 camera modules would cost another $40,” Evan recalled.  He did make one, but none of the images was in sync. The idea was then put aside again for several years. And this was also when Evan got in touch with us. “I remember before the quad hat was even released, I’d bother the Arducam sales team with so many questions about your available hardware at the time. ” Evan said and told us that he almost began to quit the original plan.  “But I’m glad I waited for the quad array.”  The Quad Cam Kit An Arducam quad-camera kit allows you to use autofocus cameras on a Raspberry Pi. By default, the kit works in a quad-channel mode where all cameras are configured to capture stills/videos at the same time.  Evan went for a 16MP version in order to finish his project as soon as possible. Before long, Arducam updated to 64MP version.  Multiplexing with ultra high res: 4 x 64mp cameras on 1 Pi. Synchronized: up to 4 cameras capturing at the same time. Read more…

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ArduCAM USB Camera Shield Released

Update

This shield was upgraded to a new version. The limitation here doesn’t apply anymore.

Introduction to Arducam USB Camera Shields

1. Building a Camera System 1.1 The Difficulty of Connecting an Image Sensor to Your System If you have an adequate budget, the easiest way is to buy the off-the-shelf industrial camera and use it as is. But if you decide to design a camera using an image sensor from Read more…

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The ArduCAM USB camera shield is a universal camera control board designed for both PCs and embedded systems like the Raspberry Pi, TI Beaglebone, and similar products. It supports most parallel interface image sensors ranging from 0.3MP to 14MP, including both global and rolling shutter sensors. The camera is packaged with the software you need to put it to work on Windows and Linux systems and  a comprehensive SDK library is provided to support this.  This SDK is fully integrated with Python, which allows for direct integration of our cameras with your OpenCV based applications.

The plug and play USB control interface simplifies integrating the camera with a wide range of computer hardware. The ready to use SDK library and demo source code makes the software integration process straightforward and efficient. Users can make it work in minutes without writing a line of code. The broad range of modules ArduCAM supports, combined with support for formats like RAW, RGB, YUV, JPEG assures our users a successful outcome.

The ArduCAM USB camera shield joins our product line of shields that offer SPI/IC2 interfaces. The USB camera shield offers significant speed gains over the SPI camera shield, running at as high a frame rate as the USB2.0 480Mbps bandwidth allows which can deliver  640_480(VGA at 60 FPS, through  4384_3228(14MP) at 2 FPS. By using a global shutter camera headboard such as the MT9V034/AR0134 together with USB camera shield, the user can achieve industrial level machine vision with our camera on a Raspberry pi without effort.

The ArduCAM is straightforward enough that it can be easily used with PCs and single board computers such as the Raspberry Pi and the Beaglebone. In short, the ArduCAM brings a plug and play solution to digital cameras at the hardware level.

Please visit our github to find more information and examples, and check the user guide here.

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The GotchaCAM Portable DIY Wifi Camera Based Travel and Home Security and Surveillance System

Introduction

The GotchaCAM Portable Travel and Home Security and Surveillance System consists of the ArduCAM CC3200 Uno and the software from the book “Home Security System DIY PRO using Android and TI CC3200 SimpleLink” by Robert Chin. Both are available
for purchase on major sites like Amazon in US.

The recommended way to purchase the hardware for this system is by buying the “ArduCAM CC3200 UNO DIY Wifi Portable Security Spy Ghost Hunter Camera Starter Kit” that is available on Amazon. This provides you with all the hardware you will need. (more…)

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Second Generation ArduCAM Shields and Modules

Introduction

ArduCAM series camera shield is a universal camera control board for Arduino. It hides the complex nature of the camera and provides the plug and play camera control interface as well as the ready to use software source code library and demo code. User can make it works in minutes without writing a line of code. The ArduCAM supports variety camera modules from 0.3MP to 5MP with different format like RAW, RGB, YUV, JPEG and can be well mated with standard Arduino boards.

ArduCAM Shield V2 and ArduCAM-Mini-5MP-Plus are the second generation of ArduCAM products, they offers the improved performance and enhanced functions than the previous revisions. They not only can capture decent 5MP JPEG images, but also can do 5MP full resolution RAW image capture, which makes it to be the ideal solution for IoT and scientific image processing applications. Even more they can record short movie clips as well.

The ArduCAM is straightforward enough that it can be easily used with an Arduino, however this simple interface means that the ArduCAM is equally easily integrated with other single board computers such as the Raspberry Pi and the Beaglebone black. It isn’t just a camera for the Arduino, it’s a camera that because it can be easily interfaced to an Arduino, can be easily interfaced to any single board computer, either directly, or through an Arduino if needed for a larger system without exposed SPI/I2C busses. In short, the ArduCAM brings a plug and play solution to digital cameras at the hardware level.

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World Smallest ESP8266 WIFI Camera

ArduCAM now released a world smallest low cost ESP8266 WIFI IoT camera kit based on ArduCAM-Mini-2MP-V2 and ArduCAM-ESP8266-Nano module. User can implement a 2MP WIFI camera using HTTP or Websocket protocol on ESP8266, and the camera can be acted as an AP and mobile phone/PC can connect to the camera directly or acted as a Station which connected to the home router. The kit can capture 2MP full resolution JPEG still image, even stream low resolution at fairly frame rate video over network or directly save to local SD/TF card. The kit is suitable for portable application, it can be powered from micro-USB or using battery and has build in lithium battery charging circuits. The kit can also be used separately, it is almost identical to standard alone ArduCAM-Mini-2MP camera and ESP8266-12F module. (more…)

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