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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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24 x 24mm Coin Size Raspberry Pi Compatible Board

ArduCAM team now is developing a coin size Raspberry Pi compatible compute module. The total size of the SOM is 24mm x 24mm, compared to the official Raspberry Pi compute module and new Pi ZERO, it will be the smallest Raspberry Pi compatible module in the world. The coin size pi Compute Module is fully customizable and can offer the extra features that weren’t provided by the standard Raspberry Pi boards.

Users can run the system on a small 36mm x 36mm adapter motherboard with camera support. It is ideal for battery-powered portable devices like a smartwatch, action camera, etc. The highlight feature of this coin size pi module, it supports dual camera interface and stereo vision which can be used in robots for machine vision applications or high definition drone cameras.

Contact us for more information about customization. 

Note: it is not a replacement for Raspberry Pi boards, just a supplement for Raspberry Pi ecosystem and Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

(This post made Raspberry Pi engineer and forum moderator very upset and they said that it will breach the bootloader license. But thanks to Kristina Brooks work on an open-source bootloader for Raspberry Pi, released under BSD and GPLv2+, and not including any “Raspberry Pi only” conditions, although it is a “poor” alternate at the time being, and a lot of fans build bare-metal firmware. Brian Benchoff said it could also end up being killed and will never see the light of day, just as what happened to the ODROID-W board, but they can’t kill the spirit of hacking just for funs and keep us away from building something new. Once again I have to emphasize that it is not a replacement of Raspberry Pi boards, please order pi boards from Pi foundation. Our SOM maybe double or even triple price than standard pi boards, so this SOM is only available for someone who really needs it and NDA required.)

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ArduCAM CC3200 WIFI Camera

ArduCAM WIFI camera board is open-source WIFI camera develop board which is based on Texas Instruments CC3200 SimpleLink WIFI IoT solution and Aptina MT9D111 camera module. It offers high-quality live video streaming functions as well as keeps the small size and low power consumption.

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Multi Camera Adapter Module for Raspberry Pi

The latest V2.1 multi-camera adapter board for 8MP Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 can be found here.

Introduction

This Raspberry Pi multi-camera adapter module is designed for connecting more than one camera to a single CSI camera port on the Raspberry Pi board. Each adapter board can connect up to 4 cameras and the user can stack up maxim 4 adapter boards, which means up to 16 cameras on a single Raspberry Pi board.

Please note that this Raspberry Pi multi-camera adapter board is a nascent product which may have some stability issues and limitations because of the cable’s signal integrity and RPi’s closed source video core libraries, so use it at your own risk.

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ArduCAM host application demonstration

This post introduces how to use ArduCAM host application to take high resolution time elapse image with ArduCAM shield. We need the following items to complete this demonstration:

  • Arduino UNO board
  • ArduCAM-F or ArduCAM-LF shield
  • OV5642 camera module with fisheye lens
  • Arduino example sketch ArduCAM_SPI_OV5642_FIFO_UART.ino
  • ArduCAM host application

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An Arduino Time-Lapse Camera Using ArduCam

This Article is written by one of our customer, the original article can be found from here.

AN ARDUINO TIME-LAPSE CAMERA USING ARDUCAM

While experimenting with my pinhole cameras, I did a lot of thinking about capturing and displaying the passage of time.  Day and night, the change of seasons, sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, tides, rush hour, busy times at restaurants, even life and death marks the passage of time.

There are plenty of commercially-available time-lapse photography devices.  These require either an AC power source, a solar panel or a beefy battery, expensive photography equipment, and are large and easy to spot.  Between the size and the expense, this strongly limits the duration of time lapse I would be able to take even if such a device wasn’t prone to being stolen by the first philistine that came across it.  My goal is to make the smallest, most energy efficient and least expensive camera possible so that I am free to set them everywhere and see what the passage of time shows me.

To do this, I decided to give ArduCam a try.

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