Persee N1 – A modular camera-computer based on the NVIDIA Jetson Nano

The Persee N1 is a modular camera-computer kit recently launched by 3D camera manufacturer, Orbbec. Not too long ago, we covered their 3D depth and RGB USB-C camera, the Femto Bolt.

The Persee N1 was designed for 3D computer vision applications and is built on the Nvidia Jetson platform. It combines the quad-core processor of the Jetson Nano with the imaging capabilities of a stereo-vision camera. The Jetson Nano’s impressive GPU makes it particularly appropriate for edge machine learning and AI projects. The company also offers the Femto Mega, an advanced and more expensive alternative that uses the same Jetson Nano SoM.

Orbbec Parsee N1 camera computer kit

The Persee N1 camera-computer also features official support for the open-source computer vision library, OpenCV. The camera is suited for indoor and semi-outdoor operation and uses a custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for enhanced depth processing. It also provides advanced features like multi-camera synchronization and IMU (inertial measurement unit) calibration.

Gemini 2 camera

Persee N1 specifications:

  • Processor:
    • NVIDIA Jetson Nano, quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 @1.43GHz
    • 128-core Maxwell GPU
    • Orbecc ASIC for depth processing
  • RAM – 4GB LPDDR4
  • Storage –  16GB eMMC, expandable with up to 128GB microSD and m.2 M.key slot
  • Connectivity
    • Display – 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
    • USB – 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, 2x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.0 Type-C (camera), 1x USB 2.0 Type-C (female)
    • Gigabit Ethernet with support for 802.3at PoE
  • Gemini 2 Camera
    • Depth camera
      • Up to 1280 x 800 @30FPS
      • H: 91°; V:66°
    • RGB camera
      • Up to 1920 x 1080 @80FPS
      • 16:9 — H: 86°; V:55°
      • 4:3 – H: 63°; V:50°
  • Operating System – Linux
  • Misc – 40-pin GPIO, real-time clock, 6-pin UART, force recovery button
  • Power Supply – 12V/3A
  • Power Consumption: Average 12W
  • Operating Environment – 0°C to 40°C, indoor/semi-outdoor, 5% to 95% RH
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 100m x 90mm
  • Weight: 986g

Persee N1 ports

Orbbec provides an SDK that makes it easy to set up and integrate the Parsee N1. It is available for Windows, Ubuntu Linux, macOS, and Android, and includes several wrappers that aid cross-compatibility with other development platforms such as ROS, ROS 2, Unity, Python, and the Microsoft Azure Kinect Sensor SDK. The Persee N1 camera-computer kit is designed for applications in sectors such as robotics, health tech, warehousing, interactive gaming, and retail.

It is currently available for purchase on the company’s online store for $499.99, with discounts available for high-volume purchases. You can find more information on the product page.

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