New camera module targets A.I. algorithms and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi (and others)

China-based electronics manufacturer DFRobot has just launched a new Kickstarter to fund the HuskyLens, an A.I.-enhanced camera module. Built into the camera circuit is a Kendryte K210 chip, a 400MHz dual core RISC-V 64bit processor which facilitates the following algorithms:

  • Object tracking
  • Facial recognition
  • Object recognition
  • Line tracking
  • Colour recognition
  • Tag recognition

It should be popular with robotics people, especially, as a platform for solving tasks. It has the ability to detect spacial gestures, too, which means that your Minority Report-style interfaces or art projects are possible using the module.

The Kickstarter has a fairly punchy goal of over £18k, but hopefully it’ll get there (as I’ve just backed it myself!).

There are two flavours of camera – a standard, 2 megapixel module and an enhanced, 5 megapixel module for higher resolution pictures/videos.

One of the most intriguing features in on the back of the circuit – a 2-inch IPS screen. This means that you’ll be able to easily see what the camera module is doing while it is doing it without looking at another screen. The full specs are below:

You can get the Standard HuskyLens for about £20 or $20 at the moment with reasonable shipping costs. Costs go up after the first 200, so get in quick if you want one 🙂

The HuskyLens is compatible with the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, LattePanda and micro:bit.

Take a look at the Kickstarter here.

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