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Dride is a Voice Controlled Dashcam Driving Assistant Powered by a Raspberry Pi Board (Crowdfunding)

February 8th, 2017 3 comments

Next Thing introduced Dashbot Car Dashboard Assistant based on CHIP Pro module late last year, and it will get some competition with Dride, a driving assistant powered by Raspberry Pi, that can also be voice controlled like Dashbot, but includes a Pi camera to record videos, and alert the users of dangers using computer vision, for example when they drive too close to the car in front.

The system leverages Raspberry Pi board and Pi Camera, and adds an outer shell, Dride’s Raspberry Pi HAT, and a car charger & cable. Some of the key features listed for the Dride include:

  • Cloud support – Upload and store driving videos to your Dride profile
  • ADAS – Safety alerts in case of lane deviation or frontal collision
  • Voice – Voice commands for navigation & messaging
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS

The developers also provide “Dride – Passenger Seat Driver” app for Android & iOS in order to easily share videos, and use third party services like Google Maps, Alexa Assistant, or Spotify. The video below will give you a good idea of what Dride is capable of.

Dride software will be open source, and you can already find some documentation about the SDK.

The project has just launched on Kickstarter with the goal of raising $100,000 for mass production. If you already own a Raspberry Pi and Pi camera, a $99 pledge will get you the extra parts with the HAT, outer shell, and car charger. A complete system with the board, camera, and micro SD card pre-installed with DrideOS, requires a $139 pledge (Early bird). Shipping adds $20, and deliver is planned for September 2017.

Source: Raspberry Pi Spy, via Nanik

Sony Has Developed a Smartphone Camera Sensor Capable of Recording 1080p 1000 fps Slow Motion Videos

February 8th, 2017 No comments

Sony has announced what it claims to be the first 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones, which allows for fast data readout speeds making possible still images capture of fast moving objects with minimal focal plane distortion, and recording of Full HD (1920×1080) slow motion movies at 1000 fps, which compares to current solutions capable of only 720p @ 240 fps such as Google Pixel phones.

Conventional 2-layer stacked CMOS image sensor vs Sony’s 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM

Sony CMOS camera key specifications as listed in the press release:

  • Effective pixel count – 5520 (H) x 3840 (V) 21.2 megapixels
  • Image size Diagonal – 7.73mm (Type 1/2.3)
  • Unit cell size – 1.22μm (H) x 1.22μm (V)
  • Frame rate
    • Still images – 30fps; 4:3 19.3 megapixels / 16:9 17.1 megapixels
    • Movies – 60fps @ 4K (3840 x 2160); 240fps @ Full HD / 720p
  • Image format – Bayer RAW
  • Reading speed – 8.478 ms (4:3 19.3 megapixels) / 6.962 ms (16:9 17.1 megapixels)
  • Output – MIPI CSI2 D-PHY 2.2 Gbps/lane / C-PHY 2.0 Gsps/lane
  • DRAM capacity – 1G bit
  • Power supply – 2.5V / 1.8V / 1.1V

While the frame rate for movies is only listed up to 240 fps for full HD videos in the specs, the demo video included in the announcement clearly shows 1080p videos recording at 960p and played back at 15 fps, and the results are rather cool.

Sony did not say when we can expect smartphones based on the camera. The new solution was presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco, during a talk entitled “A 1/2.3inch 20Mpixel 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM”.

Via Liliputing

Categories: Hardware Tags: camera, smartphone, sony

GOLE360 360 Degrees Video Camera Works with Android Smartphones and in Standalone Mode

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

GOLE is better known for their mini PC tablet combos like GOLE1 and GOLE1 Plus, but the company is about to launch GOLE360 360 Degree Panorama VR Action Camera looking very similar to Insta360 Nano camera, but instead of being designed for iPhones, they made is for Android smartphones with either a micro USB port, or a USB type C port.

GOLE360 camera specifications:

  • SoC – InfoTM C23 32-bit processor @ up to 600MHz with 128MB RAM on-chip
  • Storage – micro SD slot up to 128GB
  • Camera
    • 4 MP sensor
    • Camera lens: aperture F2.4,  focuses: Efl 0.94, angle: 210o
    • Video – H.264/MOV up to 1920×[email protected] /1472×[email protected]
    • Photo – JPEG @ 3008×1504 /1920×960
  • USB – 1x micro USB 2.0 port, or 1x USB 2.0 type C port depending on model
  • Battery – 3.7V/800mAh
  • Dimensions – 11.68 x 3.7 x 2.2cm

The camera runs Linux 3.10. This is not the first 360 degree camera for Android smartphone, and we’ve covered Insta360 Air spherical camera, but GOLE360 offers a different form factor, and includes a battery which will allow you to use it in standalone mode. The Android app is currently only available as an apk, and is supposed to support photo and video recording and streaming using flash, sphere, VR and planet modes.

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“HIGOLE GOLE360” camera is up for pre-order for $118.66 on GearBest with shipping planed for after March 2nd.

e-con Systems Launches e-CAM130_CUTX1 Ultra HD Camera for Nvidia Jetson TX1 Development Board

January 20th, 2017 No comments

e-con Systems, an embedded camera solution company, has just announced the launch of e-CAM130_CUTX1 MIPI camera board for NVIDIA Jetson Tegra X1 development kit. The 13MP camera is based on On Semiconductor AR1820 CMOS image sensor, connects to TX1 board via its 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 connector, and supporting up to 3840 x 2160 @ 30fps/ 13MP@ 20 fps video streaming in uncompressed YUV format.

Jetson TX1 Board fitted with e-CAM130_CUTX1 camera module

e-CAM130_CUTX1 4K camera board features & specifications:

  • Sensor – 1/2.3″ Optical form factor AR1820HS sensor with on-board high performance ISP.
  • Focus Type – Fixed focus
  • Resolution: – 13MP on e-CAM130_CUTX1 (The sensor is capable of 18MP)
  • Pixel size – 1.25μm pixel with Aptina / ON Semiconductor A-PixHS with BSI technology and advanced pixel architecture
  • Sensor Active Area – 4912(H) x 3684(V)
  • Responsivity – 0.62 V/lux-sec (545nm); SNR: 36.3 dB; Dynamic Range: 65.8 dB
  • Output Format – Uncompressed YUV422 format and compressed MJPEG format. YUV422 resolutions:
    • VGA @ 60 fps
    • HD (720p) @ 72 fps
    • Full HD (1080p) @ 72 fps
    • 4K/Ultra HD @ 30 fps
    • 13MP @ 20 fps
  • Shutter type – Electronic Rolling Shutter
  • DFOV : 13M – 74°, 4K/1080p/720p – 69°, VGA – 72°
  • Interface – High-speed 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 interface
  • Operating Voltage – 5V +/- 5%, Current – 450mA
  • Dimensions – 75.03 mm x 40.18 mm x 25.6 mm (without lens)
  • Weight – 20 grams without lens, 26.5 grams with.

The board comes with an S-mount (M12) lens mount that enables customers to choose a lens of their choice.

The company provides a standard V4L2 driver for the camera board, which also supports Gstreamer 1.0 for video recording and networking streaming, and can be controlled with programs such GUVCViewer as demonstrated in Ubuntu 16.04 in the video below.

e-CAM130_CUTX1 4K camera module is available now for $249 via e-con Systems product page, where you’ll also find documentation (free email registration required) such as the datasheet, a getting started guide, various usage guide, and a developer’s guide.

InfoTM C23 Processor is Designed for Camera Applications Including 360 Degrees Video Cameras

January 18th, 2017 No comments

InfoTM (aka InfoTMIC) is a Shanghai based fabless silicon vendor established in 2008, and while I wrote about their iMAPx15 tablet processor a few years ago, you’d be forgotten if you’ve never heard about the company. One of their latest solution is InfoTM C23 processor designed for camera applications ranging from sports camera to car DVR and 360° / 720° cameras.

InfoTM 23 specifications:

  • CPU – 32-bit processor up to 600MHz
  • Memory – Integrated 1Gb (128 MB) DRAM; supports 32-bit DDR2 / DDR3 / LPDDR2 533MHz
  • Storage – SPI NOR Flash support
  • “GPU”/ISP – ISP engine supporting up to 5MP sensors, 3D noise reduction, EIS, fish eyes, face recognition and other functions
  • Video Processor – Full HD 1080p 30fps H.264 hardware decoding; 1080p 30fps H.264 hardware encoding
  • Camera interfaces – ITU 601/656 & MIPI CSI
  • Display Interface  – RGB888 / I80 display interface
  • Audio – I2S / PCM input and output
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet MAC

I could not find much more information about the processor and software support, but I’ve been told Linux 3.10 is supported.

G601 360° Camera based on InfoTMIC C23

One of the first device to feature the processor is G0601 panoramic “720° WiFi camera” sold on Banggood for around $134 shipped. G601 comes with two 210° camera lense with OV4689  4MP sensor, and can record 360° videos up to 1920×960 @ 30fps and capture photos up to 3040×1520 resolution. That’s 5MP, so some extrapolation may take place. An Android and iOS mobiel app is also available to control the camera and/or watch the video live.

You may be able to find more details about InfoTMIC C23 processor on the product page (in Chinese).

$99 Insta360 Air 360 Degrees Video Camera Works with your Android Smartphone and Laptop (Crowdfunding)

January 17th, 2017 3 comments

Insta360 Nano is a dual camera designed to take 360 degrees videos selling for $190 and up on Amazon US, but it only works on iPhone 6 & 7 series, so the company has designed a new model – Insta360 Air – specifically to work on Android phones with a micro USB or USB-C port, and packaged in a spherical shapes in order to be compatible with most, if not all, brands and models. It also works with laptops thanks to a rigid yet flexible USB cable.

Insta360 Air specifications:

  • 210° dual fish-eye lens; minimum Aperture F2.4
  • Photo Capture Resolution – 3008 x 1504 (3K)
  • Video Capture  – 2560 x 1280 @ 30 fps (some smartphone models also support 3008×1504 @ 30 fps, e.g. Samsung S7, S7 edge, and Huawei P9)
  • Connector – USB micro/Type-C
  • Dimensions – 37.6mm Diameter
  • Weight 26.5g

The camera can be used with Insta360 Air app allowing you to shoot spherical images and videos, and share them to Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, WhatsApp, Messenger, Line, Wechat, QQ, QZone, and Weibo. If you have friends that don’t have the camera, they can still watch your video using Insta360 Player app that offers normal, virtual reality, and “little planet” viewing modes. You can also connect the camera to your computer or laptop in order to use it as a 360 degrees webcam with Skype or other video conference programs.

Insta360 Air camera has been launched on Indiegogo, and with 10 days to go the project has already raised over $230,000 from about 1,100 backers. A $99 pledge will get you an Insta360 Air camera with a transfer cable for laptop, but you may consider pledging $125 instead to add a smartphone mount, a smartphone tripod, and a smartphone adapter. It’s unclear to me what the mount and adapter are for, and note that you’ll have to choose between micro USB or USB type C at the time of order. Shipping is free to China, but adds $20 to $26 to the rest of the world. Delivery is planned for March 2017. You’ll find a few more details on Insta360 Air product page.

Xiaomi WiFi IP Cameras Hacked to Run RTSP Server, Disable Cloud Service

January 13th, 2017 12 comments

Xiaomi 720p and 1080p IP cameras include night vision, motion detection, WiFi connectivity, and can save videos locally, and send them to a cloud server in China for you to check your camera from anywhere. The 720p camera sells for about $50, while the 1080p camera goes for around $30 on GearBest and other websites, but comes with less IR LEDs and no optical zoom. [Update: The black version of the 720p camera goes for $29.99 on Amazon US]

Xiaomi-IP-CamerasThey works fine, but you need a specific mobile app to configure and control the camera, and if you’d rather not have the videos streamed to some server outside of your local network, github user “Fritz” has developed a set of scripts for the camera to disable cloud service, run a standard RTSP server, as well as HTTP and FTP servers on the camera.

He did his work on Yi Ants Camera (720p), but other members of the community have been helping, and some are currently working on supporting the cheaper 1080p model. The RSTP server is now working on the 1080p. However, everything is still working in progress, and you may want to join the fun on github, but if you want an easy to use SD card image this will take a little longer. The camera and corresponding hack are also being discussed on HotUKDeals.com.

Thanks to Rob for the tip.

Rockchip RV1108 Visual Processor is Designed for 1080p & 2K Camera Applications

January 9th, 2017 2 comments

Rockchip has joined other companies in developing camera SoCs with their RV1108 Visual Platform based on a single Cortex A7 core, a CEVA XM4 visual processing DSP, and capable of H.264 video encoding up to 1440p30 / 1080p60.

360 Camera Demo at CES 2017

360° Camera Demo at CES 2017 – Click to Enlarge

Rockchip RV1108 main features and specifications:

  • CPU – ARM Cortex A7 @ up to 1.0 GHz
  • DSP – embedded CEVA XM4 vision processor up to 600MHz
  • Video Encoder – 2K/H.264, high definition & low bit rate
  • Camera – MIPI CSI and DVP interfaces
  • Image processing – Low-light-level night vision imaging: 8MP professional image processing unit
  • Audio Processing – Audio Codec supporting up to 8-way MIC array, 3A? phonetic algorithms, such as echo cancellation, noise suppression;
  • Video Out/Input – HDMI OUT, CVBS OUT, MIPI DSI, CVBS IN
  • Networking – 10/100 Ethernet PHY

The processor is expected to be used in drones, IP cameras, car dashcams, sports/action cameras, as well as other applications such as panoramic cameras, computer vision applications, or real-time WiFi video transmitter. The company also released some comparison pictures and videos against a competitor camera showing the wider dynamic range of its solution. The competitor is likely based on either Allwinner V-series SoC or Novatek SoC.

rockchip-rv1108-vs-allwinner-v3

The text is much clearer with RV1108 in the top picture, the building has much better details with RV1108 in the second picture. I’m not sure how much of that is related to the sensor used however, as the company did not mention anything about that, and instead explained that their ” advanced graph and image processing technology, WDR(Wide Dynamic Range)technology directly influences the video shooting effect”.

RV1108 runs Linux OS with an optional MiniGUI, drivers for WiFi, Bluetooth, or GPS, and support for Android/iOS apps.

Rockchip was also at CES 2017 demonstrating RV1108 capabilities with a 360° camera demo pictures in the top picture, a streaming media rearview mirror, and a 2K VR camera. There’s no product page for RV1108 on Rockchip website yet.